Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State has vowed that the major opposition parties in Nigeria known as All Progressive Congress (APC) would never change the name because of any political party, saying the merger arrangement had come to stay with a view to wrestling power from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015.
The governor made this known in a press release issued by the state government and signed by the Press Secretary to the Deputy Governor, Danjuma Joseph. The governor emphasised that there was no going back on the name, as the major opposition parties had earlier written the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of their intention to merge into a mega party with the name APC, even as the preparation for registration was ongoing.
The parties, it will be recalled, include Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), as well as All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).
Al-Makura, who accused the PDP of masterminding the current crisis rocking the adoption of the name of the party and for sponsoring two factional APCs, vowed that the opposition parties would not relent in their efforts at ensuring that the genuine APC was registered, for the benefit of the entire populace in particular and for the good of the country in general.