Plot to Stop Merging APC Thickens as Rival APC Takes to Street Campaigns, Floods Abuja with Posters
In what could be termed as a renewed bid to stop the registration of the merging All Progressive Congress, one of the three groups laying claims to the APC acronym, the African Peoples Congress has flooded the streets of Abuja with pro APC acronym poster.
The posters which are coming few hours after the third group laying claims to the APC acronym, the All Progressive Congress of Nigeria announced its intention to commence legal action next week Monday to stop INEC from considering the registration request submitted by the merger parties, theall Progressive Congress, (APC).
The posters which carries messages like APC- AFRICAN PEOPLES CONGRESS- NO PROPAGANDA CAN STOP APC; 2015 APC DEY KAMPE.THE PLOT TO STAMPEDE THE JUDICIARY AND INEC HAS FAILED, NIGERIANS BEWARE APC ACRONYM BELONGS TO AFRICAN PEOPLES CONGRESS UNLESS THE COURT RULES OTHERWISE: DONT JOIN A SINKING SHIP was pasted around all major streets and flyovers in Asokoro, Maitama and Wuse districts of the FCT.
Aside challenging the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission for rejecting its application to be registered as a party with the APC acronym, the poster campaign is seen as a fresh plot to scuttle the expected registration of the merger opposition parties which is currently under review by INEC.
Three major opposition parties namely the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) as well as a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance are seeking to be registered as the All Progressives Congress (APC)
The merging parties had last week filed an application to the Independent National Election Commission Seeking to be registered as a party, but checks observed that the application faces two hurdles that may derail the registration process. First is the failure of the merging parties to provide the list and addresses of National Officers of the merging parties which is a constitutional requirement under section 222 of the constitution upon which INEC earlier based their denial of registration of the African Peoples congress application. The second is the pending legal case instituted by the African Peoples Congress which INEC is still in court battling with the group with the possibility of the third group, the All Progressives Congress of Nigeria instituting another legal suit on Monday.
Going by precedent and legal principle, the commission is duty bound to wait until the court rules before another group can make use of the acronym.
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