Exclusive: How ACN, ANPP, APGA, CPC may share positions in APC

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Members canvass two positions for picking national and state officials of APC.

With its victory in the acronym “war” almost certain, the All Progressives Congress is set to meet in Abuja on Thursday, April 4, to take a final decision on all the documents that will accompany its application for registration to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The meeting will draw attendees from the national leaderships of the four merging parties and the Joint Inter-Party Merger Committee, JIMC, which is coordinating the merger deal. The parties are Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN; Congress for Progressive Change, CPC; All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, and; a faction of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA.

The JIMC had earlier in the month set up three subcommittees, comprising 20 members each, to design the association’s constitution, manifesto, logo and slogan as well as determine and examine all legal issues that will ensure full compliance with all legal issues relating to the process of merger.

A member of the Merger Committee told PREMIUM TIMES in confidence on Thursday that the meeting will centre largely on the constitution of the APC and agreements/understanding among the merging parties. The Constitution Subcommittee had a Herculean Task of examining the constitutions of all the four parties in order to produce a common constitution agreeable to the partners, the source said.

The source added that after the meeting, the parties in the merger deal will hold their respective national conventions where the documents will be approved by their members.

“That meeting will finalize everything relating to the merger and thereafter the parties will convene their national conventions,” he added.

“At the conventions, each party will formally inform their members that they are going into merger and that the current identities of the parties will cease because their certificates will be cancelled. The certificates will be returned to INEC and those parties will cease to be known by their current names. It is after the convention that the interim officials will be picked for the purpose of INEC’s registration requirements and afterwards the substantive officers,” the source said.

Sharing positions

It was further gathered that in order to minimize contentions among the merging parties, two positions are already being canvassed by a section of the JIMC for choosing the members of the interim and substantive members of the association’s organs such as the National Working Committee (NWC), National Executive Council (NEC), and Board of Trustees (BoT) of the association, both at the national and state levels.

One of the modalities being canvassed, our source disclosed, is that the choice of the national officers should be based on the result of the 2011 presidential election while that of the state officials should be based on the results of the governorship elections.

If this first option is eventually adopted, CPC which polled the highest number of votes among the merging parties during the 2011 presidential election may produce the national chairman while the deputy chairman or secretary may emerge from ACN.

According to the presidential result declared by INEC, CPC’s candidate polled 12, 214, 835 votes; ACN, 2,079,151 and; ANPP, 917,012. APGA did not present a candidate in that election.

Option B

The second option is that the choice of the officials at the national level should be based on the numerical strength of each of the parties at the National Assembly and State Houses of Assembly.

If the second position is eventually adopted, the ACN may produce the chairman of the association since it has the highest number of members in the National Assembly while the CPC, which has the second highest number of seats, may pick the position of the deputy national chairman or national secretary.

If similar modality is adopted in picking the state officials of the proposed party, the ACN which is in control of six states (executive and legislature) will produce the key officials in Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Ekiti and Edo State. The CPC will produce key party officials in Nasarawa State and perhaps in Niger and Katsina States where it is visible.

On its part, ANPP will produce the key officials in Borno, Yobe and Zamfara States.

Furthermore, the performance of each party in the governorship election will determine which of them will produce the chairmen of the association in the states where all four are not visible or did not win elections.

The APGA Conundrum

However, it is not clear how APGA will be factored into the arrangement if any of the two modalities is adopted either at next week’s meeting or subsequent ones after the conventions of the merging parties.

The party did not present candidate in the 2011 presidential election. Worse still, the only APGA governor identifying with the merger deal, Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, appears not to be on the same page with the two factions of the party.

Both the faction led by Victor Umeh who was deposed by an Enugu High Court as the national chairman in February and the other one led by Maxi Okwu and supported by the Anambra State Governor (also a member of the party), have dissociated themselves since from the merger deal.

However, if the second option is adopted, it is only in Imo State where Mr. Okorocha holds sway that APGA will present the key officials of the association or party as the case may be.

A member of the Constitution Drafting Sub-Committee, John Oyegun, confirmed the April 4 meeting to PREMIUM TIMES in a telephone interview. He, however, denied that the issue of picking interim officials is already on the table.

“No, we have not got to that stage (choice of officials). That is not our priority now. We will not discuss that until after the conventions,” the former Edo State Governor said.


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  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    No merger can be formed on a stolen name. the court is there to address every injustice.

    • Bankole Babawale

      mpitkwelu/afam/deri/Yussuff/concernednigerian/kerley/Jonathan,

      Your immediate one line post says a lot. IT S REVEALING. We older Nigerian citizens who witnessed the use IBB and Nigerian military dictatorship deployed Arthur Nzeribe’s Association For Better Nigeria against Nigerian democracy in Nigerian peoples’ collective struggle against military dictatorship know the similarity between President Jonathan, Annenih and PDP’s African People Congress -which is -ANNENIH POLICE CANCEL-election- and Association For Better Nigeria. Because there is a precedent in Nigerian democracy and we know this, we are better prepared to handle the destroyers of Nigeria and Nigerian democracy. Let us wait. But this first response from Aso Rock-president Jonathan and PDP thru you- to the progress All Progressives Congress is making – IS REVEALING!!!

      • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

        the way I remember it, Abimbola davies was the brain behind ABN… Oops… it doesn’t suit the Yoruba narrative, so again lets blame the Igbo.

        • Bankole Babawale

          baaaaby mpitikwelu, you may want to get your narrative right. ABN was an organization owned by IBB and the military dictatorship. And Davies was part of the OPERATIVES, and one of the the frontliners was Nzeribe. Given Nzeribe’s notoriety he gave it a public face. Please check your history properly. Now but the MOST IMPORTANT point is NOT the ethnic point you deliberately and maliciously read into it. I know you/deri/Yussuff/kerely/afam/concernednigerian belong to the same campaigner of a phantom republic of SS and SE. And you do this on behalf of President Jonathan and his 2015 campaign. I know that. hence you will ETHNICISE everything in addition to hoping to use RELIGION for President Jonathan’s 2015 campaign. So we know all these. Now the most important thing about ASSOCIATION FOR A BETTER NIGERIA-ABN- AND AFRICAN PEOPLES CONGRESS-ANNENIH POLICE CANCEL-election- is NOT ETHNIC. It is about DEMOCRATIC DECENCY, RULES OF DEMOCRACY, . So the issue is between destroyers of democracy and supporters of democracy. And those are found in ALL THE PEOPLES IN NIGERIA. Okay? We know your strategy which is to DELIBERATELY READ ETHNICITY INTO ALL DISCOURSE ON BEHALF OF PRESIDENT JONATHAN AS PART OF THE 2015 CAMPAIGN. hence you all campaign on the side for a sectional agenda in your pretense. But I will not play your game. Good Nigerian citizens will not play your game. ABN WAS A BABY OF MILITARY DICTATORSHIP AND DESTROYERS OF NIGERIAN DEMOCRACY AND NZERIBE AS A FRONTLINER OF THE DESTRUCTIVE WORK OF ABN DID NOT SUPPORT THAT DESTRUCTION ON BEHALF OF THE GOOD PEOPLE OF IGBOLAND. AS USUAL WITH HIM HE DID IT FOR HIS PERSONAL PRIVATE POCKET. DAVIES DID NOT SUPPORT ABN ON BEHALF OF YORUBA. HE DID IT FOR HIS OWN PRIVATE PURSE. ON A DIFFERENT ISSUE BUT CONCEPTUALLY RELATED ONE- IT IS LIKE SAYING BABALAKIN COLLABORATED WITH IBORI TO LAUNDER MONEY ON BEHALF OF YORUBA AND THAT IBORI STOLE ON BEHALF OF DELTA STATE. YOU SEE HOW WEAK, DARK AND BACKWARD YOUR VISION IS. So go back and read your history, Nzeribe’s name is written on the plague of ABN as destroyer of Nigerian democracy just as Davies’ name is emblazoned on that infamy. Both did NOT engage in that evil on behalf on an ethnic group. They did it for purely economic and commercial reasons for themselves. Baaaaby we are ready for all your ethnic tantrums on behalf of President Jonathan. O ya next shot!!!! The more you talk , the more you reveal your agenda and that of President Jonathan, the more we learn, the more Nigerian citizens note the agenda FOR THE RECORDS!!! Baaaaby Common let us go!

          • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

            Oh now, it is military baby. no longer Nzeribe because we mentioned Abimbola Davies, the real head behind the mask. All these ofe mmanu and their kalo kalo

          • Bankole Babawale

            Jonathan alias mpitikwelu/afam/deri/Yussuf/Kerley/concernigerian, we all know that you have a challenge about thinking. That is obvious. You show that on this platform all the time. The value of your contribution is that you always are able to betray your jingoism. I have some time. So Let me give you some trajectory. Your primary goal is sectional. Given the failure of President Jonathan programatically and given that his presidency seethes, swims and sleeps in corruption and given that kind of failure cannot win if election is not rigged, you move on his behalf to rest his 2015 campaign on sectional politics. So this is your and President Jonathan’s campaign trajectory or at least the one you show on his behalf. (i) Mount a campaign for a fiction called Republic of SS and SE-to galvanise that region behind one another-for Jonathan.(ii) when that does not sell , include “minority” in the “north” (iii) when Nigerian citizens expose that go west and talk about “christian” Yoruba, you even go to the extent of talking about the “cowardice” of Yoruba and how they lost Oba of Ilorin to the “north”, so on that basis you believe there is a “christian” Yoruba that will join your Republic of SS and SE and “minority” of the “north” in 2015 election for your sponsor -President Jonathan. So you can see that you on behalf of your sponsor President Jonathan have a poor record of citizenship and civics. What baffles us is how Aso Rock and President Jonathan can pay you to do all these things and still want Nigerian citizens to acknowledge him now and in 2015. For me that is a mystery. So when you input ethnicity to the obvious similarity of ABN and Annenih Cancel (election)-African Peoples Congress and the infamous role of Nzeribe and Davies, we know your game. We know how immoral your sponsor-President Jonathan is. At least he told Nigerians that we Nigerians oppose his pardon to the criminal Alamieyeseigha because we Nigerians do that because he and Alamieyeseigha are from the same state!!!. Can you beat that? And that he has no apologies. You can see how low a President can go. So if your sponsor went that low, you will go lower by not seeing the immorality and criminality of Nzeribe, Davies and others behind ABN, the scene(who we do not see) for what it is, and by reading ethnicity into ABN, Nzeribe/Davies etc. I need to go this length because we know the challenge of thinking that you have. You may just not see. So we have to go slowly and break things down in bits as abc for you. But what baffles ordinary Nigerian citizens is why Aso rock will still encourage you to do this on its behalf. Why will Aso Rock continue to pay you to do this? It is a shame. It is the reason we think your sponsor simply crashed all the opportunities Nigerians gave him. It is a pity and shame. But note your sectional trajectory-the one I have given and please learn and be more sober and reflective in your defense of your sponsor-President Jonathan. This sectional trajectory will not work.

          • Rico

            You are good, Intelligent and straight to the point! if they have half of your intelligentsia, they ould have driven us all underground, please keep it up, we are here to support you.

          • Bankole Babawale

            Thanks Rico for the compliment. God in his infinite mercies will bless you and crown all our efforts to morally rebuild our country together as ONE Nigerian citizens. God bless you plenty.

          • Afam

            don’t cry or hide your ugly face in shame later….you don’t need to put my name on your tale of lies…if you want to know the truth go and read THERE WAS A COUNTRY BY CHINUA ACHEBE…it will give you an insight on the loads of lies your spreading to the already infected audience.

          • Bankole Babawale

            I put your name on it because you,afam/jonathan/mpitikwelu/deri/Yussuff/concernednigerian all share the same sectional politics. All you need to do is to challenge the trajectory of all of your posts as I outlined them. Second, since you want to bring Achebe in for emotional and mischievous reasons, that is fine. You are free to do that. I will take it on RATIONALLY. but mark what I am saying RATIONALLY. So I want to say . IF YOU BELIEVE THAT your interpretation of Chinua Achebe is that he believes in your own/mpitikwelu/Jonathan/deri/Yussuf/conerneigerian sectional politics, so be it. However, that does not make it correct just because you cite the name of Achebe. Achebe is just one human being. He is of blessed memory and may his gentle soul rest in peace. If he were alive to defedn himself I will take his position on headlong and RATIONALLY. But please check my post properly. I am NOT SPEAKING ILL of the dead. And I said and I believe that you deliberately slipped his name in to evoke sectional emotions. But I will still center the issue rationally. So -with a qualifier, IF YOU BELIEVE that Achebe views are the same as your sectional views so be it. Then YOU ATE BOTH WRONG AND UNHELPFUL. It does not make both of you to be riight. it means both of you are wrong on this issue. However, it is unfortunate and sad that you are like your soul mate mpitikwelu -trying to hold on to an ethnic straw. It will not work baby. Next post please.

          • Afam

            Long grammar deceitful stories will not over shadow the truth..continue with your long historical lies..

          • Rico

            Good evening Afam and happy holiday – please go get a dictionary if his grammer makes you uncomfortable.

          • Bankole Babawale

            You are tired baaaaby. I understand. You cannot cope. No thinking. No fact. No reason. Just ethnic chauvinistic garbage. Next time put on your thinking cap before you step into public to join civilised discourse-you also have the option of staying put in your ethnic cocoon. But if you want to be part of the world, you must stay rational and cast aside all those hugs for poor ethnic loyalty and the crowned prince of corruption. Here among Nigerian citizens we do ETHICS, we do not do ETHNICS. The two appear alike eh ? But they are different. Use your eyes and check the spelling. ETHICS is different from ETHNICS. Learn and report this to your colleagues-Jonathan/mpitikwelu/kerley/concernednigerian/deri and all the other bigots.

          • concernednigerian

            Anybody who does not share your views in the cruxification of Jonathan engages in ethnic politics. When did Jonathan come on the scene for you to blame the woes of the country on him? One thing is clear: your corrupt people including Tinubu will ensure that your Buhari’ APC or whatever loses in 2015 so that they can retain their oil blocs. Deal with it. Atiku said while he was flying ACN presidential flag, Tinubu went behind his back to make donation to Yar’Adua campaign. Why don’t you reply Atiku.

          • Bankole Babawale

            And baby this is an addition to my longer post to you. I know the mischief of slipping Achebe’s name in. I will separate the human who the Lord has called from the book and engage you rationally. My focus is on the book and not the human for the human has been called to glory. May God bless his soul. And my point is: YOU AFAM KNOW THAT THE GHOSTS, FICTIONS AND HISTORICAL FALSEHOODS IN THE BOOK “THERE WAS A COUNTRY” HAVE BEEN LAID TO REST RATIONALLY AND DISPASSIONATELY BY NIGERIANS. If you want more conversation in the historical lies in the book let us have it. I will however advise that you and I should respect for some time the memory of the dead before we engage in scholarly knuckles over the historical faux pas and falsehood in that book .

          • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

            I support the only non sectional party in the country. While you are the one hugging regional parties in ACN. Enough said.

          • Bankole Babawale

            I believe the name of that “party” is PDP. Right? Now this is the profile of PDP. (i) President Jonathan heads PDP. (ii) When President Jonathan gave pardon to the criminal called Alamieyeseigha, we Nigerians opposed the unethical pardon. But what did the “non-sectional” head of the your “non-sectional” party-PDP and President Jonathan say? President Jonathan used HIS MOUTH to tell Nigerians that we Nigerian citizens opposed his immoral pardon to the criminal Alamieyeseigha because he -President Jonathan and Alamieyeseigha are from the same state. What do you call that afam-sorry mpitikwelu? That is how sectionally low the head of your party-President Jonathan is. And since no person in PDP has told President Jonathan that he was wrong in his claim, it means that that is the official position of PDP. So first response is that you HAVE THE BIGGEST SECTIONAL PARTY IN AFRICA!!!! Caaaary Go baaaby. next point?

          • Rico

            One million salutes for you for taking on this bigot, he and his cohorts has been terrorising the web with ethnic bigotry all these while, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

      • Tobibs

        Hell fire awaits you…Nobody that is part of this destruction will be spared in Jesus name

        • Rico

          @Tobibs, it is not yours to judge a man, because you also will be judged. because someone doesn’t agree with your propaganda doesn’t mean he is evil, but let the truth be told and stop selling your souls to the devil.

          • Tobibs

            Wtf… are you on about??? Propaganda?? This is not about opinion, it is about people being paid to promote the tormentors in power…Did your father sell your soul to the devil? I bet he did…What an idiot…

          • Rico

            Being insultive only shows the kind of home you came from, calling someone an idiot is way too far from being a gentleman. now you know why i can’t go down the same lane as you.

        • Bankole Babawale

          baby Tobibs alias afam broda, you lost the argument and reason hence you are angry eh? Okay which destruction are you talking about? Moral and ethical destruction? Yes! That is it. That is the one that has destroyed our country. And we know those who are the crown prince of moral destruction of our country-they are those who grant pardon to internationally wanted criminal and thieves who are facing extradition-so you mean these people who morally destroyed our country will not be spared in … name-…Amen!!! Das all !!! Tanks!!!

          • Tobibs

            I haven’t argued with anybody, y? Because it was never necessary…y u are calling yourself Afam’s broda is what baffles me…you must be getting something wrong mate

          • Bankole Babawale

            I called you afam’s brother. Because you and afam share the same views. When a human loses an argument and reason, he curses. You did that. A curse is a signal of poverty of mind, argument and fact. Next time watch your tongue. Do not curse. if you do not have anything to say, you know what to do. So since yu missed out on my opening I will explain it to you. I called you afam’s brother/broda. Why? Check his position. No different from yours. You do not need to be blood brothers before you are called soul mates. You are soul mates because you share the same vision. Hence you are “brodas”/brothers. Does that help baaaaby?

          • Tobibs

            No fagot…

          • Bankole Babawale

            These are your words. “Hell fire awaits you…Nobody that is part of this destruction will be spared in Jesus name.” There is no difference between this and things characters like mpitikwelu/afam/deri/cncernednigerian/Yissuff/akpos! etc say. You all belong to the same hopeless class of people.

          • Bankole Babawale

            baby maggot Tobibs , I forgot. Someone just told me that you are member of the Annenih Police Cancel (election)-African Peoples Congress-APC-Is that true? They say I should ignore you that you are a member. Is that true? Just wondering.

          • Afam

            Well your entitle to your own opinion but i have noticed among you youths lack of knowledge to read in between the lines.I did not curse you in any way and i will never do but continue to propagate your series of lies with shallow knowledge of how and where the sinking ship called Nigeria was conceived.Not agreeing with your lies as opinion does not make me a looser..

          • Bankole Babawale

            Listen to the words of your soul mate Tobibs. This is his voice These are his words. “Hell fire awaits you…Nobody that is part of
            this destruction will be spared in Jesus name.” There is no difference
            between this and things that you
            mpitikwelu/kerley/deri/cncernednigerian/Yussuff/akpos1 etc say. You all
            belong to the same hopeless class of people.

          • Afam

            Hopeless? well ranting on the internet and pages of newspaper will not make you hopeful either.

          • Bankole Babawale

            The modern and civilised world uses public spaces to articulate issues, hence the newspaper, internet, and other forms of OPEN media are the only legitimate spaces for a civilsed resolution of issues. The alternative to OPEN MEDIA-which is CLOSE MEDIA- which the MEND creek terrorists and their counterpart Boko Haram Terrorists use are dark, uncivilised, evil, pre-stone age- The CLOSE MEDIA returns us to the stone age. It is the rejection of open civilised discourse(the type you see in modern newspapers all over the world) that unites both MEND terrorists and Boko Haram terrorists. I am trying to let you see that the alternative to the open space for civilised discourse is war and terrorism. This is the reason why we all reject in a civilised and modern manner both the MEND and Boko haram terrorists. So if you reject “the internet and newspaper” the alternative is terrorism of the MEND and Boko Harm types and other types. And those are unacceptable. So you see how hopeful public media such as newspaper and internet can be?