As the battle for the soul of Nigeria hots up and 2015 draws nigh, the merger of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) with the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), has been given the nod by the Board of Trustees of the CPC.
A highly placed official of the party is quoted as saying that CPC’s decision to merge with other parties was approved at the party’s BOT meeting last Thursday in Kaduna.
He said at the end of the meeting, the hardliners within the CPC, who had opposed the merger, soft-pedalled and approved the proposal.
The national leaders of the party such as Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), former FCT Minister, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, and CPC Chairman, Tony Momoh, were in attendance.
Rotimi Fashakin, the CPC National Publicity Secretary, confirmed the BOT’s approval to proceed on the merger process.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, Fashakin said the BOT gave the approval because none of the existing opposition party alone could defeat the ruling party.
“It is now clear that opposition parties must merge to be able to improve the educational system, health sector, security and infrastructure, among others for Nigerians,” he said.