Opposition parties finally agreed to a merger Wednesday with four political parties resolving to form a new political party, All Progressive Congress (APC). The new party is intended to grab power from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 general election.
The four parties are the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
The parties announced the decision to team up under the APC at a news conference in Abuja after a meeting of the merger committees of their respective parties. The Abuja announcement also follows the public endorsement of the merger by ten state governors in Lagos.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has equally given a green light to the newly formed party, APC yesterday, stating that such merger of political parties is in line with the 2010 Electoral Act and that they are within the 90 days stipulated by the same Act, as amended.
The spokesman of the coalition, Chief Tom Ikimi, announced at the news conference in Abuja, that the opposition parties would commence the processes of registering APC with INEC.
The news conference was attended by all the chairmen and members of the various merger contact committees, including Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau (ANPP), Alhaji Garba Gadi (CPC) and Senator Annie Okonkwo APGA) as well as Senators Kabiru Gaya, Chris Ngige, Bukar Abbah Ibrahim and Sani Yerima.
According to Ikimi, the APC will strive to uphold democratic tenets and to do everything it can to address the problems of corruption and insecurity in the land.
“We resolve to form a political party committed to the principles of internal democracy, focused on serious issues of concern to our people, determined to bring corruption and insecurity to an end, determined to grow our economy and create jobs in their millions through education, housing, agriculture, industrial growth and stop the increasing mood of despair and hopelessness among the people.
“The resolution of these issues, the restoration of hope, the enthronement of true democratic values for peace, democracy and justice are those concerns which propel us,” he said.
Ikimi said the parties believed that by coming together, they would be able to restore national dignity and return the country to its position of pre-eminence in the comity of nations.
The PDP has however stated that it was not ruffled by this development assuring that it remains the party to beat in 2015.
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