APC in UK inaugurates merger working committee
The leaders of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and Governor Rochas Okorocha’s faction of All Progressives Grand Alliance (O-APGA) in the United Kingdom have formed a Merger Working Committee (MWC) for the birth of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the UK and to serve as an interim leadership.
The formation of the committee followed a number of meetings that were held by the leaders of the political parties in the UK.
According to a communiqué released after the meeting, the group pledged to “unequivocally support APC’s underpinning progressive principles as it seeks to urgently address the deteriorating political, economic, security, social and other worsening conditions in Nigeria.”
The group stated further in its communiqué that it would work in tandem with its leaders and APC national interim leadership in Nigeria to ensure that appropriate safeguards are in place for the successful take-off of APC (UK).
The APC (UK) Merger Working Committee (MWC) also stressed the need for a “robust provision in the APC Constitution as it affects the diaspora Chapters to ensure that adequate safeguards that transcend ethnic, religious and sectional divide are in place to maintain party discipline and cohesion.”
Though officers were elected into interim positions, the committee agreed that machinery should be put in place for membership drive, registration and establishment of relevant party structures that will facilitate the organisation of a congress to elect substantive executive committee members of APC at all levels, including the Diaspora chapters in accordance with the transitional provision of the party’s constitution.
It further stated that “there is urgent need to mobilise and galvanise Nigerians and her friends in the UK behind APC as a credible alternative political party that is capable of providing good governance to the nation that would be a prerequisite to pulling Nigeria from her present brink of precipice.
“ It is imperative to work collaboratively with APC interim national leadership in Nigeria to ensure that any obstacle conceived or deployed by the ruling party or its agents to frustrate the successful take off of APC or its registration is dealt with decisively.
“ It is incumbent on each leader present at this meeting to brief and sensitise members in their respective political party to the potential benefits of the new party (APC) in readiness for a massive membership drive.”