The APC is expected to be Nigeria's main opposition party. Barring any last minute changes, the new coalition of four opposition parties, All Progressives Congress, APC, will, on Wednesday, adopt a green-white-blue background logo. It may also adopt "Justice, Peace and Prosperity" as its motto.
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), early last month, announced their plan to merge into a single party to be known as APC. The proposed party had set up three committees, two weeks ago, to draft its manifesto and constitution as part of its preparation to apply to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for registration.
The committees, which comprise 20-members each, will turn in their reports on Wednesday to the main Joint Inter-Party Merger Committee. A major feature of the logo, which was recommended by the Manifesto Committee, is the inclusion of a broom. The broom is placed at the centre (white) of the logo.
The broom is the symbol of the ACN. A source in one of the committees chaired by Audu Ogbeh, a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the retention of the ACN symbol of broom as part of APC logo was hotly debated as some argued that it would create the impression that ACN is dominating the other parties in the merger arrangement.
It was further learnt that those who favour the inclusion of the broom were of the view that it is generally more acceptable than ANPP's maize and CPC's pen. Early in the life of the Manifesto Committee, which was tasked to draw up the motto, slogan and message, there were initial disagreements over the inclusion of APGA's symbol following the insistence by a faction of the party that it was not part of the merger deal.
Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, led some members of the party to the merger, which a faction loyal to his Anambra State counterpart, Peter Obi, denounced. The Manifesto Committee has reportedly recommended that the party moves towards the left as its philosophical and ideological content. The committee has recommended free education, public sector investment and internal democracy as part of its manifesto of the proposed party. Meanwhile, ahead of the presentation of the reports, the 11 APC governors are reportedly set to meet with the members of the three committees on Tuesday to harmonize their views.
The governors are Babatunde Fashola (Lagos), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun), Ibikunle Amosu (Ogun), Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo) and Adams Oshiomhole (Edo), all of ACN. The ANPP governors expected to attend the meeting are Ibrahim Gaidam (Yobe), Kashim Shettima (Borno), Abdulazeez Yari Abubakar (Zamfara). Others are Tanko Al-Makura of CPC and Rochas Okorocha of APGA.