by Stanley Azuakola
Two major opposition parties in the country, the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) would hold their national conventions today in Abuja and Zamfara respectively.
Once the conventions are held, it is expected that the two parties would formally wind down and transform into the All Progressives Party (APC). Already, the other partner in the arrangement, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has held its own national convention. Theirs took place in Lagos in April.
Gov. Rochas Okorocha, of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has also formally announced that he is quitting that party, although there’ll be no national convention in his case, as APGA remains a political party.
The conventions today would consider and adopt the APC constitution, manifesto, flag, logo and slogan.
The APC has since its announcement in February recorded some highs and lows. But the major controversy surrounding the unregistered party involved ownership of the acronym ‘APC’. Shortly after the merging parties announced that the new party would be known as the All Progressives Congress, another party announced that it was pursuing registration with INEC as well with the name, African Peoples Congress, which also carries the ‘APC’ acronym.
It is expected that after Saturday’s conventions by the ANPP and the CPC, the parties would begin their final march towards getting registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).