Nigeria opposition forms mega-party

AFP-JIJI

Nigeria’s leading opposition parties agreed Saturday to merge into an electoral behemoth they vowed would defeat President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015 polls.

Two parties — the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) — approved the move in separate conventions aired live on television.

A third, the Action Congress of Nigeria, OK’d the mega-party project last month.

The result of the merger between Nigeria’s top three opposition movements will be called the All Progressive Congress if its registration is approved by the electoral body.

“This merger will make us too strong for the PDP to resist,” said CPC leader Mohammadu Buhari during a convention attended by 3,000 delegates in Abuja. “We have to change Nigeria for the better and stop the endless drift that has been going on for 14 years the PDP (People’s Democratic Party) has been in power.”