Tom Ikimi Leads 19-Man ACN Team In Merger Talks With CPC, ANPP
The Action Congress of Nigeria has appointed a 19-member committee led by Chief Tom Ikimi to negotiate its planned merger with the Congress for Progressive Change and the All Nigeria Peoples Party.
A statement in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, announced Aremo Olusegun Osoba, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, Governors Babatunde Fashola and Rauf Aregbesola, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyawu, Senator George Akume and Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa as members of the committee.
Others are Senator Lawal Shuaibu, Chief Audu Ogbe, Chief Achike Udenwa, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, Senator Chris Ngige, Dr. Usman Bugaje, Hadjia Rabiat Eshak, Dr. Ibrahim Lame, Alhaji Yusuf Ali and Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
The ACN said, “Appointment of the committee is an indication of its total commitment to making the merger a reality.
“There is no going back in the party’s determination to work with the CPC and the ANPP to rescue and salvage Nigeria.”
The party congratulated the leadership of the CPC and the ANPP which had constituted their respective merger committees for their patriotism, and appealed to all Nigerians to support the planned merger.
The 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!’’