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PDP advocates genuine coalition to challenge APC dominance in 2027 presidential election

Atiku Abubakar's merger proposition emphasizes the need to avert a one-party state, as PDP calls for opposition unity against APC's perceived autocratic tendencies.

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has sounded a clarion call for a genuine coalition among opposition forces, asserting that dislodging the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the upcoming 2027 presidential election would be a formidable task without unified efforts. Former Vice President and PDP’s 2023 presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, conveyed this imperative while hosting the National Executive Committee of the Inter-Party Advisory Council of Nigeria.

Expressing concern over the apparent trajectory toward a one-party state under the APC, Atiku warned of dire consequences for Nigerian democracy if collective action was not taken. He stated, “If we don’t come together to challenge what the ruling party is trying to create, our democracy will suffer for it, and the consequences of it will affect the generations yet unborn.”

PDP’s Deputy Publicity Secretary, Ibrahim Abdullahi, emphasized the need for a genuine coalition to effectively challenge the administration led by President Bola Tinubu within the APC. Abdullahi alleged that the APC had led to the impoverishment of Nigerians and asserted that a united opposition front was crucial for electoral success.

Abdullahi stated, “We believe only a merger or coming together of all opposition political parties will produce a better result. So there is a need for other political parties to understand that it will be difficult to defeat the All Progressives Congress without a merger. If they see this, then the better for Nigeria’s opposition and the people.”

Highlighting the potential challenges of pursuing individual strategies, Abdullahi noted that the strength of the PDP lay in its unity. He underscored the difficulty of achieving the objective of assuming governmental control and displacing the perceived administration of “maximum penury and anguish” inflicted on Nigerians.

The sentiment resonated with PDP Deputy National Youth Leader, Timothy Osadolor, who stressed the importance of synergy with the people for opposition political parties to effectively challenge the ruling party.

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