INEC Rejects Phantom APC’s Application for Registration
The move by a group known as the African Peoples’ Congress, APC to register as a political party, which invariably forecloses the chance of the recently merged opposition All Progressive Congress from using the same APC Acronym has hit the rock as the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC today rejected the application for its registration.
The African Peoples’ Congress is a proxy group allegedly being sponsored by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party to throw a spanner in the wheels of the merging opposition mega party, the All Progressives Congress, APC..
The rejection of their application for registration as a political party was conveyed to the group in a letter letter by INEC secretary, Abdullahi Kaugama today. The electoral body said the decision was based on the failure of the group to abide by the provision of section 222(a) of the 1999 constitution as amended which requires that all the national officers of the proposed party and their addresses must be registered with INEC before they can be considered for registration.
A copy of the letter obtained by Abusidiqu.com in Abuja today is also published below:
But reacting to the development, chairman of the African Peoples Congress , Chief Onyinye Ikeagwuonu, at a press conference in Abuja said his group would contest the attempt by INEC to halt the group’s registration as a political party.
Ikeagwuonu, who alleged that the plot to deny his political group party registration had long been hatched, also described as flimsy the reason offered by INEC for rejecting their application.
In his statement entitled “A brewing storm” Ikeagwonu said, “Our attention has just been drawn to a desperate effort by some paid INEC officials to conclusively consummate the black market transaction we warned about last Thursday, to deny the African Peoples Congress registration citing purported irregularities in the addresses of our national officers while the INEC documents required either residential address or phone number.
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