APC may dissolve main merger committee on Thursday

All Progressives Congress

Leaders of merging parties, governors, others meet in Abuja.

The All Progressives Congress, APC, will on Thursday in Abuja consider the report of the Joint Inter-Merger Committee, JIMC, at a meeting to be attended by the leaders of all the political parties in the merger deal, governors elected on the platform of the parties, and other stakeholders.

The parties involved in the merger are the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN; Congress for Progressives Change, CPC; All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP; Democratic Peoples Party, DPP; and a faction of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.

The parties announced their plan to merge in February and nominated their representatives into the JIMC, which was the hub of the merger activities. The JIMC eventually broke into sub-committees to handle specialized issues to ensure smooth merging of the parties.

At its meeting on Wednesday, the JIMC reviewed and finalized its report, which will be presented to the meeting of the leaders for possible adoption.

Highlights of the report include the membership of the interim leadership of the association as well as the ongoing process of its registration with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The committee, it was learnt, had allotted different slots in the National Working Committee, NWC, with ACN getting the chairmanship position and six other slots; while the ANPP got the position of the National Secretary and five others; and CPC, the National Treasurer and other five slots.

DPP and APGA on their parts got four slots in the interim leadership each.

It was not clear which positions were allotted to each of the parties except those of National Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.

Although the National Chairmen, Secretaries and Treasurers of the three parties has signed the application for registration to INEC to meet the requirement of Section 84 (3) of the Electoral Act 2010 (amended), the JIMC moved a step further few days ago by appointing a three-member interim leadership to pilot the affairs of the association pending its registration.

Those appointed are the National Chairman of ACN, Bisi Akande, who is now the interim National Chairman of APC; while the National Secretary of ANPP, Tijjani Tumsah, will perform similar functions in the association. Sadiya Faruq, the National Treasurer of CPC will also play that role in the association.

However, it was gathered that in other to fulfill the conditions for registration stated in Section 222 (a) of the 1999 Constitution (amended), the JIMC has proposed names of other interim officers for the association to be considered and ratified by the leaders of the parties on Thursday.

The section requires that no association will function as a party unless “the names and addresses of its national officers are registered with the Independent National Electoral Commission.”

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the JIMC may be disbanded during Thursday’s meeting paving the way for the interim leadership headed by Mr. Akande to steer the affairs of the association.

The committee comprises members of the ACN Merger Committee chaired by Tom Ikimi, ANNP Merger Committee headed by Ibrahim Shekarau, a former governor of Kano State; and that of CPC chaired by Garba Gadi, a former deputy governor of Bauchi State.

“Yes, we may be disbanded at the meeting since we are submitting our report and there is now a three-member interim leadership in place with more appointments to be considered at the meeting,” the source said.

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