Abuja: Nigeria`s three leading opposition parties on Wednesday got approval for their merger in a bid to challenge President Goodluck Jonathan`s ruling PDP in the 2015 presidential polls.
"The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has approved the application by three political parties - the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) - to merge into one, to be known as the All Progressives Congress," the INEC said in a statement.
The three parties "have met all statutory requirements for the merger, and has accordingly granted their request," it said.
The uniting parties have the intention of wresting power from the ruling People`s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 presidential polls.
The PDP has won Presidential Elections in the oil rich African country since the return of democracy in 1999.
The merging parties have most followers in the north.
The parties hope to put in enough brilliant performance that would enable them get the presidency.
Nigeria had long military interregnum that preceded the present democratic dispensation but many citizens complain that nothing has changed between the dictatorship period and now in terms of infrastructural development and employment provision.
The country has a population of 150 million people and is the highest producer of crude in Africa.