BARRING unforeseen circumstances, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) and the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) may merge to become one in April.
The ANPP candidate in the 2011 presidential election, Mallam Ibrahim Shekerau, dropped this hint during a meeting of the party’s National Rebuilding and Inter-Party Contact Committee with members of the party in the South-West zone, in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Thursday.
Mallam Shekarau, chairman of the committee, who came in company with other members that included Edo State ANPP candidate in the July 14, 2012 governorship election, Chief Solomon Edebiri and the committee’s secretary, Chief George Moghalu, said so far, the top level management of the parties had agreed and resolved that they were ready for the merger.
“It is not a question of whether or not there will be a merger; it is a question of when and how soon. This is where we are now,” he added.
Responding to a question on whether the merger meant the emergence of a new political party, Shekerau said, “that is what merger is all about. There will be no more ANPP, there will be no more CPC, and there will be no more any other political party that accepts to be part of it. We are coming up with a new identity, a new name, a new flag, a new logo, new whatever.”
The former governor of Kano State expressed confidence that “it is going to work, it is going to happen and it is going to be a success, because we have made up our mind to merge. We are talking of the next three, four months.”
Mallam Shekerau also said many other political parties were likely to join the merger arrangement, a development which, he pointed out, would put the mega party in good position to wrest power from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the centre.
Besides, Shekerau told journalists that they were not unaware that the PDP was working to frustrate the merger.
Earlier, in his welcome address, ANPP national vice chairman, South-West, Chief Yemi Sanusi, expressed the support of members of the party in the zone for the proposed merger.