Opposition parties float All Progressives Congress

After months of intense negotiations, four opposition parties on Wednesday resolved to float a new political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), on whose platform they would pursue their avowed determination to wrest power from the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 general election. The four parties that make up the APC are the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). The parties announced the decision to team up under the APC at a news conference in Abuja after a meeting of the merger committees of their respective parties. APGA’s representation at the merger meeting, however, became a matter of dispute with the national leadership of the party disowning Senator Annie Okonkwo who stood in for the party at the meeting. The announcement of the new party came a day after a meeting of opposition parties’ governors in Lagos where 10 governors from the four parties endorsed the merger bid, which they said would provide them an opportunity to rescue Nigeria from the PDP. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) also endorsed the floating of the APC yesterday, saying that the action of the opposition parties was in line with the 2010 Electoral Act, as amended. In a swift reaction to the announcement on the floating of the new party, the PDP said it was not worried by the action of the opposition parties, adding that it remains the party to beat in 2015.



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