Dear compatriots, the eventual registration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday, Wednesday, July 31,2013, by the Independent National Electoral Commission, marked a watershed in our quest for a better Nigeria defined by an alternative vision and sustained citizens oriented mission.
Having served notice of the merger to INEC on Monday, July
1, 2013, and meeting all constitutional requirements for the merger, the legacy parties, Action Congress of Nigeria(ACN), All Nigeria Peoples Party(ANPP) and Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), had no doubt that the merger would become a reality.
The official pronouncement by INEC ratifying the merger is a welcome development for democracy.
This is a victory for our party faithful across the nation, democrats, and indeed for all Nigerians.
We salute INEC’s sense of responsibility and courage for upholding the constitution and the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 as amended.
The Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) hereby joins the members of the Interim Management Committee led by His Excellency, Chief’ Bisi Akande, members of our great party and indeed the good people of Nigeria, in celebrating this day.
This is a day that will go down in the history of this country as a day of unity for all progressive and patriotic Nigerians. It is the glorious day that the banner behind which all Nigerians will file in our march to greatness was hoisted. It is a day when the flame of patriotic optimism was kindled in the hearts of all Nigerians who desire a brighter future for our nation.
It is a day that signals the beginning of a new era in our national life, when the collective aspirations of well meaning found expression in a legal entity that will be the rallying platform in our quest to rescue Nigeria.
With this landmark achievement, the task ahead is to accelerate the process of the consummation of party building and organisation from the grassroots, up to the wards, local governments, states and the entire country. Our great party, in the spirit of inclusion, will be commencing the process of securing the input of Nigerians at the grassroots in our plans.
We shall listen to you and we shall respond by including your yearnings in our party’s operations. We shall also embark on mass membership mobilisation and registration.
We therefore urge all Nigerians to take advantage of this opportunity to be part of this movement for change which has come to stay, by becoming members of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
On our part, as loyal party members and bearers of the sacred mandates of our people, we will continue to play our roles dutifully and diligently within the limits of the constitution of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the 1999 Constitution and the laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The tasks before us are very clearly defined in the weighty realities facing our nation; the time to act is now; the destination is a NEW NIGERIA; the vehicle is the ALL PROGRESSNES CONGRESS (APC).
CHANGE HAS COME.
Long live the All Progressives Congress (APC)! Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria!
Signed: Progressive Governors Forum
Kashim Shettima, Borne State
Adams Oshiomhole, Edo State
Kayode Fayemi Ekiti, State
Rochas Okorocha, lmo State
Babatunde Raji Fashola, Lagos State
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