Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the National Publicity Secretary of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), says 23 governors are already in the fold of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Mohammed spoke in Lagos at the 7th Town Hall Meeting of Sen. Oluremi Tinubu, representing Lagos Central.
He said 12 more governors had signified interest to join the APC in addition to the 11 already in the fold.
“The 12 governors will make their declarations after the party has been registered, possibly in two weeks time.
“We are likely to get our registration certificate by the end of June or second week of July,” the ACN spokesman said.
He explained that the delay in submitting the new party’s application to INEC was caused by “the complexity of merging.’’
“Merging is not an easy process, it is complicated. Aside from the name, constitution and logo change, each of the merging parties must hold special conventions to adopt the merger.
“The merger forming APC comprises ACN, Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), All Grand Progressive Alliance (APGA) and the Democratic People’s Party (DPP).”
In her speech, Tinubu, who is the wife of a former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, described APC as “an assurance of hope for Nigeria.’’
She said: “Without the genuine change and development being advocated by our great movement — APC, Nigeria risks further descent into the abyss of underdevelopment and backwardness.’’
On the bill seeking special status for Lagos, the senator said no effort would be spared to achieve it.
Tinubu disclosed that the three senators from Lagos had sponsored a bill seeking provision of financial grants to the state in the constitution, in recognition of its status as the nation’s economic hub.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Tinubu distributed free November/December General Certificate Examination (GCE) forms to 220 youths in the senatorial district.
She had earlier inaugurated the Post-Secondary School Scholarship Scheme, the Elderly Citizens Assistance Scheme and the Petty Traders Empowerment Capital Scheme as her constituency projects.
Gov. Babatunde Fashola’s wife, Abimbola; a former Minister of State for Defence, Chief Demola Seriki; and the State Chairman of ACN, Chief Henry Ajomole, were among dignitaries who graced the occasion.