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Merger Talks: ACN, CPC, ANPP

| January 13, 2013 More


The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) yesterday took a major step toward their planned merger in a bid to form a strong opposition that could unseat the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015.

The three major opposition parties named their teams to work out the modus operandi and structure of the proposed mega party.

While the CPC announced an 18-member panel known as Merger/Alliance Committee headed by former deputy governor of Bauchi State Alhajii Garba Gadi, the ANPP unveiled a 20-member team headed by the former governor of Kano State, Alhaji Ibrahim Shekarau. Details of the membership of the ACN panel were sketchy but former chairman of the party, Chief Audu Ogbeh, made the list.

There was however disquiet within the CPC last night as some members, who were allegedly not well disposed to the composition of the committee, opted out of it.

In a statement issued yesterday in Lagos, CPC’s national publicity secretary, Engr. Rotimi Fashakin, said the party’s national leader, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, is expected to be present at the inauguration of the committee on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at 10am at the CPC National Secretariat in Abuja.

Fashakin named Gadi as the committee’s chairman while the members are Prof. Tam David-West, Governor Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, Senator Hadi Sirikaz, Chief Okoi Obono Obla and Owelle Oscar Udoji.

Other members are Engr. Ife Oyedele, Osita Okechukwu, Chief Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, Mrs. Lucy Ajayi, Air Commodore Bernard Banfa (rtd) and Engr. B. D. Lawal.

There are also Dr. Haruna Yerima, Mr. James Ocholi (SAN), Alhaji Adebayo Shittu, Prof. Buba Bajoga and Dr. Osagie Ehanire.

LEADERSHIP SUNDAY learnt last night that ACN’s negotiating team includes Chief Tom Ikimi, Chief Segun Osoba, Senator Chris Ngige and Dr. Lame. An ACN official, who spoke on the party’s list, said the planned “alliance will work because the three parties are determined to rid Nigeria of PDP misrule”.

The members of the ANPP committee include the governors of Yobe State, Ibrahim Gaidam, Kashim Shettima (Borno), Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State, Hon. Ismaila Kawu and Chief George Moghalu.

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