Chief Tom Ikimi Leads 18-Man ACN Merger Team
Nigerian News — The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) yesterday demonstrated its commitment to the merger talks with the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), by raising a 19-man team, led by former minister Chief Tom Ikimi.
Last week, the CPC and the ANPP announced their merger teams.
During the inauguration of the CPC team, party leader and two time presidential candidate Gen. Muhammadu Buhari said the talks should lead to the formation of a grand party in June,
In a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who is also a member of the merger team, the ACN said “there is no going back on the party’s determination to work with the CPC and the ANPP to rescue and salvage Nigeria”.
LIST OF MEMBERS OF THE ACN COMMITTEE are: Chief Olusegun Osoba, Niyi Adebayo, Governors Babatunde Fashola (Lagos) and Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Sen. John Akpanudoedehe, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, Sen. George Akume and Hon.Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
Other members are Sen. Lawal Shuaibu, Mr. Audu Ogbe, Chief Achike Udenwa, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, Sen. Chris Ngige, Dr. Usman Bugaje, Hadjia Rabiat Eshak, Dr. Ibrahim Y. Lame and Alhaji Yusuf Ali.
The ACN congratulated the leadership of the CPC and the ANPP, which have already named their own merger committees, for their patriotism, and urged all Nigerians to support the planned merger.
“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 ACN said.-TheNation