By OLASUNKANMI AKONI
ACTION Congress of Nigeria, ACN, yesterday, said the success of its National Convention last Thursday in Lagos, marked the end of the last hurdle in its move to merge with other opposition parties in the country and the beginning of the end for the evil forces that held Nigeria by the jugular in the past 13 years of civil rule.
It described the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the government it controlled at the centre as a “cesspool of corruption.”
ACN in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the party achieved its targets to pass a resolution approving the merger with the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, and the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, as well as, conclusion of a pending disciplinary issue with the expulsion from the party of the erring of one time Chairman of the party in Kaduna State, Mr Mohammed Musa Soba.
According to the statement: “Thanks to that convention, our party, the ACN, has irrevocably committed to consummating the merger with other opposition parties to provide an alternative platform for Nigerians, who are tired of the perpetual misrule of the PDP.
“The conventions of the CPC and the ANPP slated for next month will clear the last hurdle along the merger path and signal the dawn of a new day for long-suffering Nigerians, who are eagerly awaiting the merger.
“It will also sound the death knell for the evil forces that have held our country by the jugular in the past 13 years of its return to democratic rule.’’
Describing PDP and the government it controls at the centre as a “cesspool of corruption”, ACN said “What Nigerians have always believed has been confirmed from other lands. According to media reports today (Sunday April 21st), a news report submitted to the US Congress by Secretary of State, John Kerry has confirmed mass corruption at all levels of the Nigerian government. Coming at a time that the PDP and Federal Government have been engaging in chest-beating over the fight against corruption, this is a body blow to this unserious and directionless party and the government it controls at the centre.
“The unprecedented and monumental fuel subsidy fraud happened under the PDP and its central government. The mind-boggling pension fraud; the $6 million Wilbros Scandal and the recurring electoral fraud that is the mother of all corruption, just to mention a few, all happened under this government.
“We are therefore not surprised at the scathing portrayal of Nigeria by the US report, which we will revisit in the days ahead. For now, let the PDP and the Federal Government cover their faces in shame.’’
Similarly, ahead of 2015 general polls, Mega Progressive People’s Party, MPPP, has set up a 7-Member Committee to work out an alliance with other progressive minded political parties interested in working with the party with the aim of easing off the ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, from office, come 2015. .
This decision was taken at the end of the party’s extra’s ordinary meeting held recently on the 9th and 10th April, 2013.
The meeting was attended by leaders of the party from 36 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
According to a statement by the National Leader of the party, Chief Rasheed Shitta-Bey, in Lagos, the party hierarchy had reached out to some political parties with a view of coming together on a political party platform to contest 2015 general election.
The statement added that leading parties and eminent Nigerians have been approaching the party to form a common ground whereby Nigerians of impeccable characters, good values, who have the feelings of the people at heart will come together to usher in solutions to the unending problems confronting the people.
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