Abuja - Some residents of the FCTon Saturday advised the All Progressives Congress (APC) to shun all the divisive tendencies that undermined the success of similar efforts in the past.
Some of the residents who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone said that overall interest on national growth should be the focus of the new party.
NAN recalls that four political parties, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and All Nigeria Peoples Party, (ANPP), recently agreed in Abuja to form the APC.
The residents said that with the merger, Nigerians were looking forward to seeing a formidable political movement with credible performance.
A Public Relations Practitioner, Mr Chibuzor Nzem, said the modality for sharing of positions would pose the greatest challenge to the successful performance of the APC.
He cautioned that all parties in the alliance should see the project as a way to reposition Nigeria’s democratic experience for optimal development of the country.
"Its a very great and welcome development, especially now that Nigerians are yearning for change in the way we are being governed.
"They should agree on clear cut formula on how to share positions because that’s where the selfish interest of our politicians could derail the progressives.
"This project would only work well if all the parties involved in the merger are focused on moving Nigeria forward and not on advancing selfish interest,’’ he said.
A shop attendant in Wuse, Mr Peter Alu, described the merger as vital for the growth of Nigeria’s democratic governance but said the project could be ``sabotaged by those who don’t care about Nigeria.
"I am afraid because the new progressives’ party might be pulled apart by those forces that never want Nigeria to progress.
"All Nigerians should pray and hope that this new arrangement would help to add to the growth of our democracy.
"Its too early to say they can really pull their weight against the party in office today. Let’s see how they fare in the build up to 2015 elections,’’ he added.
Also speaking, a food vendor, Mrs Eunice Oleku, said that Nigerians were tired of the antics of some politicians who were only interested in furthering their selfish ambitions.
She said Nigerians needed good governance, irrespective of the party in office and not just a government for mere governance.
"I will support any arrangement that would make life good for the poor masses who are struggling to survive in their own little ways.
"If the new party would cater for our interest and not only for the rich people, then I pray they should succeed if they are truly for the masses.
"But they must prove to Nigerians that they are different from those who tried similar things in the past,’’ she advised.
Mr Josses Ayuba, a cab driver, said the masses wanted change but expressed fears that Nigerians could not count on the current crop of politicians in the country.
He said that until the political class purged itself of greed and selfishness, the new merger of progressives might crash before the elections in 2015.
"Nigerians should watch and see because they may not be different from what we know. They have to convince Nigerians to trust them.
"We need change but let this new party avoid greed, selfishness and the lust for personal gains, otherwise they may scatter before 2015,’’Ayuba warned.