Composition of interim executive committee, constitution of association top agenda.
Concerned about a number of issues that may hinder its early request for registration as a party, the fledgling All Progressives Congress, APC, has fixed for Monday May 27, a plenary session of the Party Joint Inter-Party Merger Committee, JIMC, of the parties in the merger deal.
The parties involved in the merger deal are the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN; Congress for Progressive Congress, CPC; All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP; and a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.
Another opposition party, Democratic Peoples Party, DPP, has also been invited to the session, which will hold at the Abuja home of an ACN chieftain and former foreign affairs minister, Tom Ikimi.
The invitation to the session, which was sighted by PREMIUM TIMES on Monday, enjoined all members of the JIMC to attend as “very important issues concerning All Progressives Congress” would be discussed.
Although the issues were not disclosed in the invitation, it was learnt that the registration of the new party would top the agenda.
The APC Committee on Legal and Constitution met on Monday to discuss issues relating to the registration of the association.
The three major parties in the merger namely ACN, CPC and ANPP recently convened their national conventions where their members passed special resolutions authorising their fusion into APC. Also, the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, led some members of APGA to join the merger two weeks ago.
Adoption of such resolutions is one of the requirements of the Electoral Act for the registration of merging parties.
According to a source, the plenary session of the JIMC will discuss the nomination of the members of the interim management committee to run the affairs of the merger as well as its recently adopted constitution.
PREMIUM TIMES had in March reported the disagreement among the merging political parties on the mode of picking the officials of APC, both at the national and state levels.
Members representing the parties in the JIMC had disagreed on whether sharing the positions in the association should be based on the numerical strength of the parties in the National Assembly/State Houses of Assembly or the performance of each of them in the 2011 presidential election.
However, it was gathered that the issue has since been resolved with the agreement that the ACN which has the highest number of seats in the federal legislature and six state governors will produce the national chairman while the CPC and ANPP will produce the national secretary and treasurer, respectively.
It is, however, not clear if the current national chairman of ACN, Bisi Akande, will emerge the interim national chairman of APC.