Monday, January 21, 2013

ACN appoints Ikimi, Fashola, Ogbe, others for merger committee

ACN appoints Ikimi, Fashola, Ogbe, others for merger committee
As part of efforts to finetune the merger arrangement with leading opposition parties, particularly the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has appointed a 19-member committee with the mandate to negotiate its planned fusion with other political parties.
The committee, which is chaired by former Foreign Affairs Minister, Chief Tom Ikimi, has as members Governors Babatunde Fashola (Lagos) and Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), former Governors Olusegun Osoba, Achike Udenwa, John Odigie-Oyegun and Niyi Adebayo, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyawu, Senator George Akume and Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
Other members are Sen. Lawal Shuaibu, Chief Audu Ogbe, Senator Chris Ngige, Dr. Usman Bugaje, Hadjia Rabiat Eshak, Dr. Ibrahim Y. Lame, Alhaji Yusuf Ali and Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
In a statement issued in Lagos yesterday by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mohammed, ACN said the appointment of the committee is an indication of its total commitment to making the merger a reality.
The party added that there is no going back in the party’s determination to work with the CPC and the ANPP to rescue and salvage Nigeria.
ACN said: “This is not about the ACN, CPC or ANPP but about our country Nigeria, which is tottering on the edge of disaster due mainly to the lack of leadership and failure of governance by the ruling PDP since 1999. The merger of the three parties is like a ‘Noah’s Ark’ which all Nigerians who are tired of the endless drift of our country must enter into.
“This is not about winning power at the centre at all costs, as the naysayers will want Nigerians to believe. It is about putting the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians above everything else.
“We will also like to inform Nigerians that contrary to what the doubters and spoilers are saying, the three parties are going into the merger plans unconditionally and without a set mind over posts or anything else. The only issue that has been settled is the urgent need to rescue and salvage our country. In this regard, the opposition knows it has a date with history!”
The party applauded the leadership of the CPC and the ANPP, which have already named their own merger committees, for their patriotism.
The party appealed to all Nigerians to support the planned merger

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