Mohammed said 12 extra governors will join the party after formal registration.
The Action Congress of Nigeria’s spokesperson, Lai Mohammed, said on Friday that his party’s proposed merger with three other parties into All Progressive Congress, APC, was already assured of 12 more governors in addition to the known 11.
The extra 12 governors, which will bring the number of governors on the new platform to 23, will emerge after the registration of the party- expected to be completed in weeks, Mr. Mohammed said.
With only two other opposition party governors not yet in APC- Olusegun Mimiko and Peter Obi of Ondo and Anambra States respectively- the bulk of Mr. Mohammed’s proposed number would therefore appear to be currently in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.
Mr. Mohammed’s comment appears suggestive of a widely-held perception of the likelihood of several PDP governors, disgruntled with the party’s leadership, exiting in good numbers to the new platform in the months ahead. The PDP has dispelled such fears repeatedly.
The ACN Publicity Secretary spoke in Lagos at the 7th Town Hall Meeting of Oluremi Tinubu, representing Lagos Central. He said the 12 governors had signified interest to join the APC in addition to the 11 already in the fold.
“The 12 governors will make their declarations after the party has been registered, possibly in two weeks time. We are likely to get our registration certificate by the end of June or second week of July,” he said.
He explained that the delay in submitting the new party’s application to INEC was caused by “the complexity of merging.”
“Merging is not an easy process, it is complicated. Aside from the name, constitution and logo change, each of the merging parties must hold special conventions to adopt the merger,” Mr. Mohammed said. “The merger forming APC comprises ACN, Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), All Grand Progressive Alliance (APGA) and the Democratic People’s Party (DPP).”
Also at the event, Remi Tinubu, the wife of former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, described APC as “an assurance of hope for Nigeria.”
“Without the genuine change and development being advocated by our great movement- APC, Nigeria risks further descent into the abyss of underdevelopment and backwardness,” she said.
On the bill seeking special status for Lagos, the senator said no effort would be spared to achieve it.
Mrs. Tinubu disclosed that the three senators from Lagos had sponsored a bill seeking provision of financial grants to the state in the constitution, in recognition of its status as the nation’s economic hub.