INEC May Deny APC Registration As Another Party with Same Acronym Already Exists
The registration of newly formed All Progressive Congress by the merger of ACN, CPC, ANPP and APGA is likely to face hurdles with the Independent National Electoral Commission as another party, the African Progressives Congress (APC), with the same acronym already exists on the register of the electoral body.
This development is likely to force the All Progressives’ Congress to change their acronym which might mean a change of name if it is to be registered by INEC.
Although the said African Progressive Congress was said to have being in existence for a while now, a furious source within the APC said that African Progressive Congress was newly-registered with the goal of denying the newly formed APC registration, accusing the INEC of working in league with the PDP.
“You know General Buhari was right when he said INEC has merged with the PDP. We are seeing the sign now. There is a grand plot to deny us registration and we will resist all attempts in that direction,” the source said.
APC leaders are yet to officially approach INEC with their request for registration, but the sub-committee which submitted its report last Wednesday was reported to have made preliminary contact with INEC during which the existence of African Progressive Party was discovered. It is not clear yet what the APC leaders will do if INEC finally confirms the need for them to change the name of the new party.
Reacting to the insinuation that the registration of the African Progressive Congress is a plot by the PDP to deny the All Progressive Congress registration, former Minister of Justice, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode (SAN) fired back at the insinuations of PDP plotting to stop the new party, declaring that “APC and ADC are registered political parties long before now.
“Why must they shift their problem on PDP? They should have done their home work properly by checking INEC before announcing their name. APC and ADC have always been there as registered political parties. If they did not check with INEC, is that the fault of PDP? Kayode who is also a chieftain of the PDP asked.
The former minister who described APC as “a still-birth baby” said “we are not losing sleep over them and they should face their problem instead of blaming us for their woes.
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