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NNPP dissociates self from APGA alliance

01 March 2013, 13:25

Lagos - The New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) on Thursday distanced itself from the alliance of some 20 parties with the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) ahead of the 2015 elections.

The NNPP’s National Chairman, Dr Boniface Aniebonam, told newsmen in Lagos that his party was not part of the alliance.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that some parties under the aegis of the Patriotic Alliance of Nigeria had on Feb. 20 in Lagos announced that they had adopted APGA as their platform to contest 2015 presidential poll.

The National Secretary of NNPP, Mr Agbo Major, however, attended the event.

But Aniebonam said that Major did not represent the party at the alliance meeting.

"Major attended the gathering as a personal friend of Maxi Okwu, the Chairman of APGA, and not as NNPP Secretary.

"Major and Okwu have been in the CNPP and while Okwu was the chairman, Major was his secretary.

"So, it is wrong to say NNPP was part of the alliance with APGA," Aniebonam said.

Aniebonam, however, did not rule out the possibility of aligning with parties that shared same philosophies with the NNPP.

He said: "We are not in a hurry to form alliance with any party. The fact that we were not de-registered by INEC shows we are moving in the right direction.

"Even if we are to align with parties which have the same ideologies with us there is a process to follow.

"Parties which are forming alliance or merging have a right to do so. But if the alliance is to pull the government down, then we are not going to be part of it.

"We can only be part of a platform that is for the good of the country."

NAN also reports that Aniebonam also used the occasion to announce the candidature of an oil magnate, Dr Ifeanyi Uba, for the Anambra governorship election scheduled for 2014.



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