- The Advanced Peoples’ Democratic Alliance said the party will not enter into any pact with other political parties or groups ahead of the 2019 general elections
- The party’s national chairman Shittu Mohammed Kabir said Nigeria is one big family where the welfare of all citizens remains paramount
- He, however, urged the youths to resist politicians who attempt to polarize the nation and heat-up the polity needlessly
The national chairman Advanced Peoples’ Democratic Alliance (APDA) Shittu Mohammed Kabir, on Thursday, April 19 said the party will not enter into any pact with other political parties or groups ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Vanguard reports that Kabir made this known when he received a delegation of political youth groups from Imo state led by Chief Iheanacho Ezeakor, at the Party’s national secretariat in Abuja.
Kabir, who maintained that the Party’s nationalistic ideologies would never be compromised for selfish benefits, said blamed the economic hardships experienced in the country on the errors of the APC, the PDP and the champions of the ‘third force’ movement.
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He said: ''APDA is not going into any coalition ahead of the 2019 general elections. We cannot be seen compromising our nationalistic ideology. “We see Nigeria as one big family where the welfare of all citizens remains paramount. It is against that background that we cannot queue behind the PDP, the APC, or those promoting the ‘Third Force’ movement. “These people brought the hardship in the country.
''Olu Falae as far back as the 1980’s was part of the Structural Adjustment Programme (SAP) that ruined our agricultural sector. ''I am a farmer. I grow beans but I cannot export to Europe because Nigerian beans are banned abroad. But, today, beans are brought into this country from Europe. Then, tell me, why did they sign us up to the World Trade Organisation in the first place? “Look at the oil from the south-south and south-east.
''How has these politicians advocating for coalitions and mergers used that crude oil to better the lives of the people in those areas? “So, our position is clear. We are not going into any alliance.
''However, we are open to all Nigerians who want to join us in the pursuit of our people-oriented ideology. He further urged the youths to resist politicians who attempt to polarize the nation and heat-up the polity needlessly.
''You should never allow our political leaders to continue in power by means of ‘divide and rule’ antics. Rather, develop passion for people and work to achieve a better life for them. That way, you can successful take over helm of affairs of the nation from these old politicians.''
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the APC Youths Renaissance alleged that the logo of newly formed political party APDA was stolen from the Nigerian Breweries PLC.
The youth arm of the ruling party has therefore called for the leaders of APDA to be arrested for alleged intellectual theft.
The group in a statement on Tuesday, June 6, by its national secretary, Collins Edwin, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to de-register the new party for breaching intellectual property law.
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