Bisi Akande, the national chairman of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) yesterday said a committee has been set up by the ACN and the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in a bid to merge the parties into a single platform that can present a formidable opposition to the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2011 general elections. The CPC is founded by former head of state Muhammau Buhari.
Mr. Akande confirmed this in Lagos while briefing journalists after the party’s final National Executive Committee meeting prior to its national convention.
“It is true that General Buhari wants ACN to merge with CPC. After the meeting we had, we set up a committee comprising members from the two parties. The committee has advised that both political parties can operate on the same platform. But we have not reviewed the recommendation made by the committee since then. We have not taken any decision on whether to merge with any political party or not,” he said.
Also, the party’s publicity secretary, Lai Mohammed, said the national chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) has met with ACN’s leaders with the sole aim of forming a bigger platform that can challenge the ruling PDP.
“Our talk is not limited to one political party but we have not reached any concrete agreement with any political party,” he said.
Mr. Mohammed announced that the ACN will hold its national convention from December 2 to 16. According to him, ward congresses will hold in each ward on December 2, local government congresses will hold on December 6, state congresses, with the exception of Bayelsa, Sokoto, Akwa Ibom, and Cross Rivers, will hold on December 11, while the national convention will hold at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, Edo State, on December 16.
Former Lagos State Governor Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, said people should vote the ACN into power in 2011 because it is a party that is consistent with its principles.
“You have a party like the Peoples Democratic Party that has been in power since 1999, today you can summarise this government and party. They have not been able to provide stable electricity, there is increasing poverty and unemployment among our youths. There is no steady education programme, education is regarded as the greatest weapon against poverty in this country, yet it is not making any progress. No principle of constitutionalism and federalism being adhered to, There is interference all over the place,” he said, adding that there must be a change of power in 2011 if Nigeria must change for the better.
Present at the meeting held at the party’s state secretariat in Lagos were former the incumbent Lagos State Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola, former Anambra State Governor, Chris Ngige, former Sokoto Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa, former Oyo State Governor, Lam Adesina, among others.