Alas! Four main opposition political parties in the country, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) have formally merged and transformed to a new political party christened “All Progressives Congress (APC).
The formation of the new party, was announced in Abuja at a world press conference by the Chairman of the opposition merger committee, Chief Tom Ikimi, after several hours of closed doors meeting by the representatives of the four parties.
This is coming barely 24 hours after 10 state governors on the platform of the opposition and their leaders met in Lagos on Tuesday where they perfected the merger plan. According to Dr Ikimi: “we resolved 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 the economy and create jobs in their millions through education, housing, agriculture, industrial growth and to stop the increasing mood of despair and hopelessness among our people.”
Chief Ikimi who was flanked by the representatives of the opposition parties went further: “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. We believe that by these measures only shall we restore our dignity and position of pre-eminence in the committee of nations.This is our pledge.”
He disclosed that the manifesto, logo, slogan, anthem and other relevant details of the new party would be made public soon while the group would immediately be heading to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to formalise its registration as a full-fledged political party in the country.