|Pastor Tunde Bakare|
The prediction of Doyin Okupe, which tends to support the fact that, APC will not last seem to be coming to past faster than we anticipated. If what Pastor Tunde Bakare said recently and according to an interview granted to The Guardian newspaper in May is anything to go by, ACN, ANPP and CPC would have dissolved into a non-existent party even though the party is registered.
First is was Yinka Odumakin. Now you have Pastor Bakare. This is a must read.
Q: Do you think that the ongoing merger plan among the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and a section of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to form the All Progressives Congress (APC) would bring solution to the nation’s challenges if the merger eventually succeeds?
A: May be it will work or not; it is something we are all waiting to see. But at present, there is no merger, there is no APC, so we cannot start counting the eggs that are not hatched. But it is an ongoing process.
Q: ACN, CPC and ANPP have all dissolved
A: The dissolution meaning what? They have dissolved into a non-existing APC. That doesn’t make any sense to me. I am aware that a merger process is on, the parties involved are still talking and they have not dissolved into anything
Q: But you moved the motion for CPC to dissolve and the subsequent ratification of the merger?
A: Let them finish the process for the merger first. We should allow the baby to be born first before we start giving name. If you listen to my closing remarks at the CPC convention, I said let all men of goodwill watch, this time calls for sober reflection and optimistic vigilance because the enemy – Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not going to fold its arms and allow the entire process succeed unchallenged. Look, PDP is not ready for any healthy competition; therefore those who are discussing merger must know they are doing it for the sake of the nation and not just for pocket sharing or personal gains.
Nigeria is one of the terrible nations where you see politicians seeking power for self. I did not move the motion for the dissolution of CPC, the party is alive and intact and likewise ACN and ANPP. They all moved the motion to empower the various members of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of their parties to meet and ratify the process of merger. When they eventually merge, we will see the colour, manifestoes, constitution, and logo of the new party. At the convention of CPC, I said that the last time we hoped was in 1993 and I hope that in 2013, 20 years after we would have a brighter hope. But the issue of the key players in the merger must be critically considered because not all men are sincere
Q: Do you foresee a situation where the merger will not succeed?
A: You are asking me that question so that you can use it against me in future. Give them a chance. They are looking for solution to a problem, but you have to know the problem before you can proffer solution. Let us look at what those that are involved in the merger process were doing in the various states. Are the people happy there? Are they performing? Look at the bulk of money in some states, compared with what some of the governors are doing. I hope the media is digging deep into this matter. We need to beware of a naked man who promises us a shirt.