Kingsley Moghalu, a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has announced that about six to seven political parties are planning to merge to challenge the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 general elections.
Moghalu, a presidential aspirant for the 2023 election, disclosed this when he hosted the candidate of the African Democratic Party, in the Anambra State governorship election scheduled for November 6, Nzeh Akachukwu.
The former CBN official, who recently defected to the ADC, said the 2023 elections should not be a contest between the two dominant parties which, according to him, have failed to make any meaningful impact on governance while being in the reins of power.
He called on Nigerians, especially young people, to register in order to be eligible to vote in 2023.
He said: ‘As concerns the National level the ADC is a very strong party that is growing stronger. It was founded in 2005 and it has been a consistent party. All their presidential candidates from Pat Utomi in 2007 to Dr Obadiah Mailafiah in 2019 have been intellectuals.
‘But the party is also very grassroots oriented. So the combination of ideas, intellect and a grassroots approach to politics, that combinations I think is what marks out the ADC and we hope to be a key part of a much larger third force that is building up for the presidential elections which will include a merger of about six or seven or more parties.
‘So, I believe that in the 2023 elections the citizens of Nigeria should not allow it to be a contest between two sides of the same coin because there is no difference. It should be a battle between the old and the new – between the old Nigerian and the possibilities for a new Nigeria. That is what 2023 should be.
‘I am calling on the young people of this country, the youths, to register, vote and colonise the future that rightfully belongs to them.”
Moghalu also lauded the National Assembly following the rescinding of its stance on electronic transmission of election results by granting powers to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to make the final call on the transmission.
“Speaking about 2023, I am very pleased with the news coming out of the National Assembly that the Senate has caved in to the pressure of Nigerian people and has decided to allow INEC to conduct elections as it sees fit, which means the inclusion of electronic transmission of results.
“This is a massive victory for democracy and I believe that it shows what I have been saying that we cannot all go and sit down and become part of a surrendered brigade,” he said.