After months of negotiation, four opposition parties finally announced in Abuja on Wednesday that they have merged into a new political party, All Progressive Congress (APC).
The four merging parties are the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).
Chairman of the merger committee of the ACN, Tom Ikimi, said the need for a formidable party to wrest power out of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is more urgent than ever.
“At no time in our national life has radical change become more urgent. And to meet the challenge, we the following political parties namely ACN, ANPP, APGA and CPC have resolved to merge forthwith and become All Progressive Congress and offer to our beleaguered people a recipe for peace and prosperity.
“We resolve to form a political party committed to the principles of internal democracy, focused on serious issues of concern to our people, determined to bring corruption and insecurity to an end, determined to grow our economy and create jobs in their millions through education, housing, agriculture, industrial growth etc, and stop the increasing mood of despair and hopelessness among our people.
“We resolve to form a political party committed to the principles of internal democracy, focused on serious issues of concern to our people, determined to bring corruption and insecurity to an end, determined to grow our economy and create jobs in their millions through education, housing, agriculture, industrial growth etc, and stop the increasing mood of despair and hopelessness among our people,” he said.
Last Tuesday in Lagos, ten governors from the merging parties gave their backing for the merger talk. A communiqué released after the meeting held at the residence of the Lagos State Governor, Raji Fashola, in Marina, reads:
“As progressive and patriotic leaders of our people across party, religious and geo political zones, we are extremely concerned about the state of the nation and we have put our heads together in the interest of our people to deliberate on what can be done to rescue our country.”
Mr. Ikimi said the Independent National Electoral Commission will soon be informed of the formation of the new party. He also allayed fear that formation of the party may affect the position of their members in the National Assembly as a formation of a new party through merger is allowed in law.
Present at the media briefing were representative of the merging parties George Moghalu, Olusegun Osoba, Niyi Adebayo, Chris Ngige, Lai Mohammed, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Kabiru Gaya, Buka Abba-Ibrahim as well as Mr. Fashola.
National Chairman of the PDP, Bamanga Tukur, told The PUNCH newspapers that his party is unfazed by the merger. Referring to his party as the Lionel Messi of Nigerian politics, he said the merger is not a threat to his party.
The new party controls 10 of the 36 states in Nigeria.
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