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CPC, ACN, ANPP raise committees over mega party

By The Citizen
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Fresh crisis appears to have hit the top echelons of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), following the intensification of plans to form a mega party alliance with top opposition parties, including the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP).

Sources close to the parties confirmed that, notwithstanding the formation of Joint Negotiating Committees and the nomination of chieftains into the committees by the different parties, some leaders of the CPC were unhappy that they were not being carried along in the process.

A meeting of some chieftains of the party, held in Abuja, on December 26, was used to ventilate the misgivings among the top leaders of the party with the way General Muhammadu Buhari had been going about the merger plans.

It was gathered that the new mega party would emerge through the registration of a new political party, in which all the three merging parties would dissolve into one political party.

Sources said that the three parties would encourage their members to register with the new party, following the conclusion of talks on the outstanding issues.

Sources close to the meeting of the CPC chieftains  confirmed that the leaders were unhappy that Buhari had brought in a former deputy governor of Bauchi State, Garba Ghadi, as the member representing the CPC at the Joint Negotiating Committee of the three parties, adding that the leaders were also unhappy with Momoh and Buhari for following the perceived propaganda championed by the ACN, which tended to indicate that, without merger, the CPC could not make any headway in the 2015 election.

Some of the leaders expressed sentiments that Buhari did not seem to trust them despite the fact that they had put in over 12 years into the pursuit of his political agenda.

According to sources, the new mega party would emerge after the conclusion of deliberations on three key issues, including political power structure and sharing; harmonisation of the constitution and the manifesto of the parties involved; and programmes and development plans, while the concerned political parties would be in power.

A source said; 'While the above would be going on, a new political party would be registered, after which the concerned political parties: CPC, ACN and the ANPP would eventually abandon their respective parties to join the newly registered party that would emerge.'

'As soon as the negotiating meetings begin, a political association would commence registration processes of the planned new political party, and that as soon as consultations and talks are concluded by the concerned parties, they would consequently move to align with the new political party.' (Tribune)