by Hauwa Gambo
Presidential candidate of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) and chairman of its National Rebuilding and Interparty Contact Committee, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, has told journalists in Abuja, Sunday, that the merger between the three major opposition parties including the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the Congress for Political Change (CPC) , is in its last stages.
Shekarau, who was Governor of Kano State said they are now determined to bury their individual ambitions – saying a merger is more effective than ano alliance.
“Certainly, we are going to submit our party certificates to the Independent National Electoral Commission after our merger,” he said. “That is what a merger means. The Electoral Law is so clear on the procedure for a merger.
“If we decide to merge, the next thing is that we go back to our parties, call National Executive Committee meeting, and discuss with the members, in the presence of INEC officials. Then, you can call congress and that is all.”
He reminded the public that the ACN and ANPP are not new to mergers.
“We have passed through this before when we were All Peoples Party and then Action Congress too, before it became ACN,” he said.
“The difference now is to pass a resolution and all this will be simultaneously done (by the three parties) and we will inform INEC about it. When that is done, INEC has no choice than to register your new identity.”
Options he mentioned include adopting one name and dissolving the other two. Or to “take a symbol, a flag and any other identity from the parties so that every party will have a sense of belonging or all of us will just forget our identity.”