On Wednesday, four Nigerian opposition political parties came together and formed a mega-opposition political party which was named All Progressive Congress (APC). The political parties involved in the merger were Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Nigerian Peoples’ Party (ANPP), All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).
Tom Ikimi, Chairman of the merger committee of the ACN, said the need for a formidable party to take power out of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is urgent than ever. “At no time in our national life has radical change become more urgent. And to meet the challenge, we the following political parties namely, ACN, ANPP, APGA and CPC have resolved to merge forthwith and become and prosperity….” he said. Ten governors from the merging parties on Tuesday, gave their support to the merger talk. The meeting which took place at the residence of the Lagos State Governor, Raji Fashola, in Marina, released a communiqué which reads: “As Progressive and patriotic leaders of our people across party, religious and geo political zones, we are extremely concerned about the state of the nation and we have put our head together in the interest of our people to deliberate on what can be done to rescue our country”. Mr. Ikimi said the merging political parties would inform the Independent National Electoral Commission of the new party.
Those present at the media briefing were representatives of the merging political parties, George Moghalu, Niyi Adebayo, Chris Ngigi, Olusegun Osoba, Lia Mohammed, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, Kabiru Gaya, Buka Abba-Ibrahim and Mr. Fashola.