2015: Tinubu meets Buhari to begin ACN-CPC merger talks Reviewed by Momizat on . Leaders of two leading opposition parties; Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), have met and expressed their determinatio Leaders of two leading opposition parties; Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), have met and expressed their determinatio Rating:
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2015: Tinubu meets Buhari to begin ACN-CPC merger talks

Leaders of two leading opposition parties; Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), have met and expressed their determination to work out a merger ahead of the 2015 presidential election.

ACN’s national leader, Bola Tinubu on Thursday met with the leader of the CPC, Muhammadu Buhari, at his residence in Kaduna for a meeting which was held behind closed doors

In his address to journalists after the meeting, Mr. Tinubu stated that the meeting centred on how to work out an acceptable leadership to steer the affairs of the country.

Hinting on the willingness to reach a compromise for the merger talks ahead of the next presidential election, Mr Tinubu stated that “if we have security agencies that are charged with the protection of the sovereignty of the country at the expense of their own lives, then the leaders must be able to make sacrifices and be flexible enough to help redirect.”

“Not just anybody can steer the ship of a nation, but it takes exceptional leadership to chart the course and steer the ship to a proper destination” he added.

“I am not going to be specific, but we discuss on the national patriotism and the direction the nation is going and the need for a change. That change may be about us, forming a government of our own”.

He also revealed that the meeting centred on the need to have a credible election in 2015 because “the conduct of free and fair elections is critical to the growth of democracy and development in Nigeria.”

“Every democrat must be able to work hard and sacrifice for a free and fair election. Any democrat must be able to celebrate and accept the result of free and fair elections in order to deserve the joy of victory” he averred, adding that “but every democracy must resist the abuse of power, manipulation and rigging in the election. We have areas that even if we are not in the same political party, we can collaborate”.

Common agenda

Mr Tinubu also expressed the determination of the two parties to resist being perpetual opposition, saying “we are working for a positive change in 2015. We don’t want to perpetually be in opposition, every politician wants the opportunity to govern,” he said as he explained that both parties were working for a change in the nation’s political history in 2015 that will lead to the formation of a government led by progressive minds.

He declined to give further details of their discussions saying “as politicians we discussed in general the situation in the country and how we can help ameliorate the problems facing the nation.”

“The doors are open and politics is not about a dark room event. It is about transparency and our ability to work with one another for a common agenda and that is the purpose; we are still looking at areas where we can help our nation. As you all know, patriotism is about putting the national interest above self” he said.

Accompanying the former governor of Lagos state on the trip to Kaduna were the governors of Ogun and Ekiti states. Former Minister of the FCT, Nasir El-rufai represented the CPC.

Both parties were involved in a possible merger talks, weeks to the April 2011 presidential election, but the talks collapsed days to the final round of campaigns, owing to irreconcilable differences. The party’s presidential candidates both came second and third respectively in the poll that was adjudged free and fair.

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  • Johnson Sunday

    Am sorry i can see ACN fulling buhari party is acontroversial party.so if ACN think that dey can make progress whith CPC let dem rethink again.because we all actualy know what CPC wantad in nigeria and we also know who Boko Haram is and thare sponsor.

    • Ahmedaji

       NSA said PDP is Boko Haram and Boko Haram is PDP…Again, C-IN-C said Boko Haram as proliferate my government…You must be a dunce to attribute Boko Haram to Buhari.

      • Chike Oshi

        Agreed. PDP is a mess! But Buhari (CPC) is not an alternative. If ACN & CPC want to do something and present a National agenda, they should present a National figure. Not Buhari. He will continue where PDP stops. 

  • Daniel

    I am  still  surprise that up til today these group of people who do not want the progress of this country are still ganging up to fool us more. Some of them has just manage the affair of ordinary State and they misuse that State FUND. What the affair of the whole country? Please what do you think that will happen?

  • mayorala

    There is nothing new, ACN can never Join hands with CPC and even if they do we know them, ACN is nothing apart from PDP neither is CPC, they want to rule, did you hear Tinubu, If it were Fashola that is saying that I would understand, Fashola made a difference from the time he took over from Tinubu, as far as we know Tinubu came out of governance richer than he went in, and for his information he said on national TV that the 2011 elections were free and fair so if he is making any contrary comments now then he should be seen as joker with a weak spine. They are all the same, they can never stop serving their personal interest first. NIGERIA WE HAIL THEE, GOD BLESS NIGERIA

  • Jeremiah akibe

    I will support any collaboration that will bring to an end PDP reigns at the federal level.PDP has disappointed us.Look at the economy,security,power and energy,corruption etc,they have failed to tackle these challenges.We need the progressives to take over power in 2015.

  • Olasoyeoloyede

    all i want is good strategies that will rescued power from this ” MR I HAVE NO SHOE PRESIDENT” how can a man in his right senses decided to rename a glorious university even @ her GOLDEN JUBILEE ANNIVERSARY!!!. pls where is nation proud, where is NIGERIA. IS SO SAD!. OLOYEDE.

  • WTF

    WTF

  • Larry

    I wonder who is fooling who, ACN or CPC. If there be a merger, what will you call the party? ACN or CPC or ACP.. they should all go and seat down. If you can beat them, you join them.. Merger is necessary but what is their primary focus, they want to rule, why do they want to rule, to be able to oppress PDP and also make more money into their pocket. Nigeria is the last on their real agenda. Nigeria is not the name but the individuals who can not afford 1 good meal a day nor a shelter over his head.

    Please Tinubu, you people should go ahead and merge, but stop fooling yourself about doing good for the country, we hope ACN or CPC will do better at the Federal level.

    If the time come and you disappoint the people, God will take you people out one by one in response to the cry of the people of this great country.

    God help us all.

    • Daive

      Thank you Larry…..I cant see what any of them can offer. I obviously cant see what any of their Governors are offering now!

  • Akhabue

    PDP like the NPN has managed to achieve the required number of voters across the country.

    A regional party cannot meet the constitutional requirement of winning ”not less than one-quarter of the votes cast at the election in each of at least two-thirds of all the States in the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.” (
    Chapter VI, Section 134).
    Incidentally, in the case of a run-off Presidential election, the second candidate in the race would be “one among the remaining candidates who has a majority of votes in the highest number of States…” (Section 134.3b). So it was Chief Ibrahim Waziri of the GNPP and not the UPN candidate who was the runner up in the 1979 presidential election.

  • @kunle

    I would prefer GEJ with no shoes to the CEO of Boko Haram with GUNS. He would kill all of us. ACN should better look elsewhere!

  • Olayde

    they birds of feather jare

  • Olalekan

    let be sincere to our self if the government at the federal level change i beleive things will surely goes better, i still have hope in ACN or CPC at federal level

  • Deryorbarlo

    The merger or proposition to merge of ACN and CPC is not surprising to me. In fact, nothing surprises me again in Nigeria! Politicians in Nigeria are true reflection of Nigerian society!!! The truth is even if a law is passed tomorrow that any politician who is in office now or who has previously been in office should not contest future elections and we replace the whole lot of politicians from local level to presidency, we wouldn’t have done much in addressing our problems!!! Corruption is endemic and very deep seated in Nigeria and its living and growing.
    Corruption affects every ways of our life including politics and our political system. Not until we kill corruption and address all the demonic structures corruption have created in Nigeria will we have a country that we can be proud of.     

  • Daisy Samson

    There are two type of educated people in Nigeria, most Nigerians have certificate while few have educated mind. The fool that called himself “a man with no shoe” im sure he must have accumulate billions of shoes now. As matter of fact these people have failed us… they never cared about us, all concerned them is themselves an their families.  How many ministers relations have bombed or died in Plane crashed? Lagos Ibadan express killed more than Dana airline.   We have dunce leaders who all the can do is to changed Universities names….Tell them they have failed again and they will continue to fail.  Samson UNILAG

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