APC Formally Files Application For Registration With INEC
The much anticipated registration of a coalition of opposition political parties merging to form the All Progressive Congress (APC) may be coming to fruition any time soon as the party has revealed that it has formally applied to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for registration as a political party.
Addressing journalists after the meeting of the joint merger committee in Abuja yesterday, a chieftain of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Chief Tom Ikimi, said the application was submitted to the electoral umpire last Friday.
The All Progressives Congress is a merger of five opposition political parties namely the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) and a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance.
Ikimi however, disclosed that the document was signed by the national chairmen, secretaries and treasurers of the three merging parties — the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), owing to the fact that the only the three parties that signed the documents have successfully conducted a convention approving the merger.
He further appealed for transparency and internal party democracy particularly at this stage of registration, adding that all stakeholders involved in the process should subscribe to and respect these fundamental principles.
Ikimi said: “I am aware that millions of Nigerians await the final registration of our new party, the APC, so that they can avail themselves the opportunity to take up its membership. The plan, hope and commitment of the merger committee are that the new party will be broad-based, open and truly belong to all its members equally. To this end, we have all subscribed to our new constitution and it defines, quite clearly, the leadership structure of the party. This principle underscores equality and fair play among party members without prejudice.
“ We will therefore strive to guarantee transparency and internal party democracy particularly at this stage of registration. We expect all of us involved in the process to also subscribe to and respect these fundamental principles.
“The final document for registration in accordance with INEC regulations has to be signed by the national chairman, national secretary and national treasurer of each of the merging parties. Everyone committed to providing our country this new platform of change must be prepared to make the necessary sacrifice.”
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