The Coalition of Nigeria Movement (CNM) has fused into African Democratic Congress (ADC), less than four months after it was formed.
Olagunsoye Oyinlola, co-convener of the movement and a former governor of Osun state, announced this at a press conference on Thursday, after dumping the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Former president Olusegun Obasanjo proposed the movement as a non-partisan one that will “redeem” Nigeria from the “lice of poor performance” of the current administration.
He had said he will resign his membership of CNM once it is involved in partisan politics.
Addressing the conference in Abuja, Oyinlola said the decision to move in to ADP is “an appreciation of the progressive essence of the party and its untainted existence on the terrain of our nation’s politics.”
He said Nigerians should expect more from the movement, describing the fusion as “the first in a multi-layered action plan to give back the country to its much deprived people.”
“Between that time and today, a lot of grounds have been covered in achieving the set goals. One of such is what we are doing here today; the formal fusing of our movement into the African Democratic Congress,” he said.
“As we stated in January during the launch of the CNM, we are taking on this task not minding the inconveniences and other expected and unexpected consequences of our efforts at reinventing the country.
“While I on behalf of the leadership and the over three million members of the CNM congratulate ADC as the vehicle for national reinvention, I urge us to let us know that the task ahead is an arduous one that needs further strengthening of the forces of change.”
Oyinlola added that ADC is “well placed” to make democracy work for Nigerians and that it is “properly placed to join other patriots in moving Nigerians to join hands to make our country truly great.”
“As the CNM takes this momentous step of coalescing into ADC as a vital step in building a national consensus to reconstruct the country, we assure all Nigerians with their support and the understanding of like-minded persons and organisations across the country, Nigeria will be rescued,” he said.