The governor addressed party members in Ogun State to an ACN validation exercise.
The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, on Wednesday called on members of the ruling Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, in the state to prepare to fully integrate into the All Progressives Congress, APC; the party to be formed if a successful merger occurs between four opposition parties occurs.
The ACN is in final talks to merge with the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, and the All
Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA. Mr. Amosun addressed members of the party after re-validating his ACN membership at the Gateway Secondary School, Ita Iyalode at Ward 11, Abeokuta North Local Government Area after which he was issued with a
membership card number 264810 by the party’s Ward Chairman, Adetunji Adebowale.
“The exercise will afford party members to have a ready-made data as ACN gets ready for merger with some other opposition parties of like minds to form the All Progressive Congress (APC)”, he said.
Mr. Amosun also said that the exercise will reveal the numerical strength of the ACN, advising party members to be faithful to the
merger plan and be united in the overall interest of the party.
He said after the merger talk is completed, all the parties involved will hold a congress to approve the arrangement before seeking
registration from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The Chairman of the ACN in the state, Tajudeen Bello, who was present, described the exercise as unique and symbolic, adding that it was in fulfillment of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, guidelines.
Among those that went for the re-validation exercise were the Chairman, Abeokuta North Local Government Council, Taofeeq Olabode; the Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Political Affairs, Tunji Egbetokun; the Deputy Chief of Staff, Shuaib Salisu; the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Yusuph Olaniyonu; as well as his Works and Infrastructure counterpart, Olamilekan Adegbite.
The exercise was conducted simultaneously in the 236 wards and 20 Local Government Areas of the state in accordance with a directive of the national headquarters of the ACN.
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