Barring any unforeseen circumstances, the much expected merger between the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) is expected to be consummated by October this year.
A source close to one of the two parties told LEADERSHIP in Lagos that a joint committee set up to come up with a plan for the merger had covered a lot of ground.
The source who pleaded anonymity said, though a lot of opposition had been coming from the two camps, the committee that was set up sometimes in April had been able to look at the gray areas in the proposed merger.
He said, “Though we faced some initial challenges with some elements within the two parties but we are gradually overcoming such difficulties.”
The identities of the members of the committee is being guarded seriously for strategic reasons of external influences that might hinder or truncate their works. It is believed that its work have moved beyond elementary stages.
Membership is drawn from the two parties, which the reliable source said was composed of party members from the two platforms who were selected on equal basis.
“With the pace with which the committee has been carrying out its assignment, I am predicting that a serious and concrete action towards the merger would take place and the platform will be strong enough to confront the PDP,” he said.
But when contacted, the National Publicity Secretary of the ACN expressed the resolve of the party towards the merger, saying “We want it (the plan) concluded very quickly, if we have our way, it should have been done yesterday.”