The party settled for Mr. Akande as interim national chairman, but dropped Mr. El-Rufai as secretary, a source said.
The Joint Inter-Party Merger Committee of the All Progressive Congress, APC, said it would soon submit its final report to the caucuses of the various parties involved in the merger as a step towards concluding the merging process.
The parties involved in the merger are the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN; Congress for Progressive Change, CPC; All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP; Democratic Peoples Party, DPP, and a section of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.
Also, the association may have also picked the ACN National Chairman, Bisi Akande; ANPP National Secretary, Tijjani Tumsah and; CPC National Treasurer, Sadiya Faruq as its interim national chairman, secretary and national treasurer. It is not clear if the decision to let the ANPP produce the national secretary informed the dropping of Nasir El-Rufai, a leader of the CPC who had been nominated by his party for the position of APC secretary.
PREMIUM TIMES had reported how the ANPP insisted on producing the national secretary of the new party at a meeting held last week.
A member of the committee, who is also the leader of ACN Merger team, Tom Ikimi, told journalists after the meeting of the JIMC in Abuja on Tuesday that each party would hold its caucus meeting on Tuesday night where the final report would be concluded.
“This evening there will be caucus meeting of the merging parties. We have worked out various options which we want to take to the caucuses, we will meet with the leadership in our caucuses and finalise these matters,” he said. “We have put in various structures to ensure that all the merging parties are taking along, and this we will discuss tonight. Every party has its own operandi.”
Mr. Ikimi said that the interim leadership of the proposed party would be unveiled soon.
On the process of registering the party, Mr. Ikimi said that certain forms received from INEC had been completed and sent back to the Commission, explaining that the form required the names of the members of the interim leadership.
He said, “I cannot give you any further update on what you know. Application has been put, INEC has replied and some forms have been given to the parties to complete and these forms to complete is to have the names of the interim national officers. On the submission of names we shall discuss it with the leadership of our parties and all these issues will be resolved.”
Meanwhile, in response to the letter written by INEC requesting for more documents from the association, it was learnt that the JIMC has proposed the names of Messrs Akande and Tumsah as the chairman and secretary, with Mrs. Faruq as the treasurer.
Confirming the development, a member of the merger committee, Osita Okechukwu, said, “The leadership of the three merging parties, ACN, ANPP and CPC in their wisdom mandated their chairmen, secretaries and treasurers to see to the registration of the APC. The Chairman of the ACN, Secretary of the ANPP and the Treasurer of the CPC led the pack.
“After the registration of the party an Interim National Leadership, National Convention Committee and States Congress Committees shall be set up to manage the affairs of the party not later than six months when a new elected executive will be in place. I think many people seem to mix-up merger with registration of a new party.”