Ahead of the 2023 general elections, six political parties have reportedly expressed interest in breaking down their structures and forming a mega-party.
Former Deputy Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN), and former presidential candidate in the 2019 general election Kingsley Moghalu said this while hosting Nzeh Akachukwu, the African Democratic Party (ADC) candidate in the November 6 gubernatorial election in Anambra state.
Although details were not provided on the ongoing merger talks, he said the identities of the political parties will be revealed soon.
He said the merger, when revealed, would pose a major challenge to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Moghalu who recently defected to ADC said the sudden decision by the Senate on electronic presentation of results before the crucial general elections gave a glimmer of hope that the 2023 general elections would be transparent. He urged Nigerians, especially the youth, to register to vote in 2023.
He said: “As concerns the national level, the ADC is a very strong party that is growing stronger. It was founded in 2005 and it has been a consistent party. All their presidential candidates from Pat Utomi in 2007 to Dr. Obadiah Mailafiah in 2019 have been intellectuals.
“But the party is also very grassroots oriented. So the combination of ideas, intellect and a grassroots approach to politics, that combination I think is what marks out the ADC and we hope to be a key part of a much larger third force that is building up for the presidential elections which will include a merger of about six or seven or more parties.
“So, I believe that in the 2023 elections, the citizens of Nigeria should not allow it to be a contest between two sides of the same coin because there is no difference. It should be a battle between the old and the new – between the old Nigerian and the possibilities for a new Nigeria. That is what 2023 should be.”