According to experts, the merging parties must have their existing registration certificates nullified by INEC before a fresh one can be issued in APC’s name.
Quoted in the Nigerian Tribune, chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja branch, Mr Monday Onyekachi Ubani, said the parties could merge but how the leaders would manage the team was the problem: “One of the provisions is that INEC must be informed 90 days before election for merger to take place. Therefore, merger is provided for under the law of the land. The old political parties will have their old certificates cancelled and a new one will be issued as one for the new merged political party. The only challenge to this new development in our political life is the characters of the leaders of the merging parties. Is their ambition for national interest or for selfish interest? Time will tell!” Ubani said
However, in a possible solution to this issue, it has been revealed that there are underground moves by members to pressurise two of the top leaders, General Muhammadu Buhari and Senator Bola Tinubu, not to take the front row in the struggle for leadership of the proposed party.