Fresh Plot To Block APC Registration Surfaces
Barely six days after the All Progressives Congress formally submitted its application to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be registered as political party, another rival group, All Progressives Congress of Nigeria (APCN) has threatened to drag the commission to court to secure an order restraining it from registering any group with such acronym.
Aside the impending suit by the rival APCN, INEC has also placed fresh hurdles before the APC seeking to be registered.
The commission, citing requirements for party registration, asked the APC to furnish it with the addresses of the national officers as required by Section 222(a) of the 1999 Constitution.
The three merging political parties, Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN; Congress for Progressive Change, CPC; All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, and a faction of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, had met, Tuesday, to harmonise the positions of all the committees set up for the ongoing merger process after leaders of the merging parties had met in Abuja last week.
INEC, in a letter by its Secretary, Abdulahi Kaugama, had acknowledged receipt of the merger request from the merger groups and issued the necessary forms to them, which they filled and the commission promised to carry out verifications on the information supplied in the forms.
Sources at INEC however disclosed that the application for registration by the merger group was not attached with names and addresses of their national officers; “instead the application was signed by only the national chairmen, secretaries and treasures of the merging political parties.”
The latest development is adding to the hurdles which the merger group seems to be grappling with as it is currently facing some legal challenges occasioned by the rival African Peoples Congress (APC), whose application the commission had earlier rejected for a similar reason.
But another group, APCN, in a move that suggest more trouble for the merger group, threatened to drag the INEC to court over its alleged attempt to register another group with similar acronym.
APCN commenced its registration process with a letter of intent sent to the commission on March 5, 2013 using the name All Progressives Congress , the same time as the controversial African Peoples Congress which is also laying claim to the now coveted acronym.
It was based on the earlier application submitted by the controversial APC that INEC in its letter dated March, 15 2013 advised the group now known as APCN to seek for another name as another group had earlier applied with same acronym.
The group subsequently re-applied and changed to its name to the All Progressives Peoples Congress Congress of Nigeria (APCN) on March, 28 2013..
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