Nasir El-Rufai, former minister of the Federal Capital territory and a top ranking member of the opposition Congress for Political Change has divulged plans for his party to merge with another opposition party, Action Congress of Nigeria.
The move, if successful, will have the CPC, a northern grass root party, coalesce with the ACN, the largest opposition party, and other smaller parties.
All parties in the talks are largely driven by the opposition parties’ common disdain for the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.
In the second part of a series of interview with PREMIUM TIMES, Mr El-Rufai gives an insight into the negotiations that would eventually culminate in a merger.
The CPC, he says, envisages that the merger will be perfect this time around.
“I do not see the reason why they formed the two parties (ACN and CPC),” Mr. El-Rufai said. “Both parties have similar ideology.”
He also elaborates on factors that led to the collapse of similar talks with the ACN shortly before the 2011 general election.
Mr El-Rufai who heads a committee reforming the CPC talks about the effort being made to reposition the party and make it a viable alternative to the ruling PDP.
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