Opposition Parties Forms All Progressive Congress (APC) to Battle PDP in 2015
Barely twenty four hours after 10 state governors from the opposition political parties of ANPP, ACN, CPC and APGA met in Lagos and threw their weight behind the formation of a mega party to wrestle power from the PDP in 2015, the name of the new party formed out of the alliances was announced in Abuja.
The new party to be called All Progressives Congress, APC was announced at a press briefing in Abuja by Chairmen of the merger committees of the four main opposition parties that came together for the merger. They include ACN’s Tom Ikimi, ANPP’s Ibrahim Shekarau, CPC’s Garba Mohammed Gande and APGA’s Senator Aniete Okonkwo.
Unveiling the fusion of the parties, Ikimi said “the decision we have taken today is to immediately communicate to the appropriate authority so that the process of registration will commence. As you can see, our position is very clear that this is a meeting of all the progressive parties. And there are other parties that have indicated their willingness to participate, like the Movement for Democracy and Justice, they have written to us that they want to join. But I believe that these four parties have made the take off now. And I believe that by this, many parties including Labour Party if they so desire they will join us. We have agreed on a name through consensus. All the parties that are part of this process have agreed on this name APC: All Progressives Congress.
Ikimi also explained why the Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomhole was not at the Lagos meeting where 10 other governors endorsed the merger yesterday. “First of all, let me clarify that Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is fully in support of the processes that are on going now. He was to travel to Lagos yesterday , and those of you who are aware of the planes situation, the plane could not land nor take off from Benin- City. In fact, I had to come here yesterday by road and it took me seven hours from Benin-city to arrive here for the meeting we held yesterday. And when it became clear that Governor Adams Oshiomhole could not attend due to flight difficulty, his colleagues said he was in support of all they were doing. Then it could be taken for granted that he was in support. So there is no problem with that”, he stated.
He assured that other details of the merger will emerge as the party fully takes off. “With regard to flag, logo, etc, these are matters of details which will be released to you as we proceed. I want to underscore the fact that we have agreed to merge and we have chosen a name. Full stop.
The party chieftain also explained that apart from state governors that have joined the movement, several members of the National Assembly are also moving enmasse into the new party. “The National Assembly members are already meeting. In this room here, we have Senator Bukar Ibrahim from the National Assembly. Senator Ngige is here. Senator Kabiru Gaya is here . Senator Yerima is here. Hon Abike Dabiri is here. Senator George Akume is here. So all our Senators and members of House of Reps are with us. Then if you know the constitution and INEC rule, once there is a merger they will still retain their position, nothing happens to them. They have not defected from their parties”, he added.
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