The many months of deliberations and consultations on the formation of a mega party to do battle with the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2015 elections have eventually yielded results. A new party, the All Progresive Congress was formed on Wedesday in Abuja, Nigeria’s federal capital.
The party was formed by the fusion of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP).
Chief Tom Ikimi who read a communique after the announcement of the merger disclosed that the party was formed to “restore Nigeria’s dignity.” He said “at no time in our national life has radical change become more urgent. And to meet the challenge of that change, we the following progressive political parties namely ACN, ANPP, APGA and CPC have resolved to merge forth-with and become the All Progressive Congress and offer to tour beleaguered people a recipe for peace and prosperity.
We resolve to form a political party committed to the principles of internal democracy, focused on serious issues of concern to our people, determined to bring corruption and insecurity to an end, determined to grow our economy and create jobs in their millions through education, housing, agriculture, industrial growth etc. and stop the increasing mood of despair”.
The communique was signed by Chief Tom Ikim, the Chairman of the merger committee of the ACN, former Kano State Governor and Presidential candidate of the ANPP in the 2011 elections, Ibrahim Shekarau, Senator Annie Okonkwo who represented APGA and Garba Mohammed Sani of the CPC.