The parties into APC are expected to submit nominees into interim exco before next Tuesday.
The All Progressives Congress, APC, may next week formally apply to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for registration as a political party.
Ahead of the exercise, the Joint Inter-Merger Committee, JIMC, at the end of its meeting on Tuesday in Abuja, directed all the parties to send in names of nominees into the interim management committee of the association.
APC is an association of four political parties seeking to merge into a single party by that name. The parties are the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN; Congress for Progressive Change, CPC; All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP; and a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.
The parties had recently convened their national conventions where their members approved the proposed merger in line with Section 84 (3) (a) of the Electoral Act.
Also Section 84 (2) of the Electoral Act 2010 requires each political party intending to merge to “give to the Commission 90 days notice of their intention to do so before a general election.”
Subsection 3 says, “A written request for merger shall sent to the Chairman of the Commission and shall be signed jointly by the National Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer for the time being of different political parties proposing the merger….”
PREMIUM TIMES had reported last week that JIMC, comprising representatives of all the merging parties, would hold a plenary session on Tuesday (today) in Abuja to discuss crucial issues that may affect its early application for registration.
A source at the meeting, which held at the Abuja home of an ACN chieftain, Tom Ikimi, told PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday that the JIMC discussed the composition of the interim management committee, IMC, of the association and other legal requirements which will enhance the acceptance of its application by INEC.
Members of the Joint Inter-Party Merger Committee, JIMC, which is the central body handling the merger, the source added, asked all the representatives of the parties in the committee to inform their leaderships to nominate members into the interim executive.
“The parties involved in the merger are to submit the names before next Tuesday which will be assembled and adopted on that day,” the source said.