Pressure From “High Quarters” Mounts On Jega Not To Register APC
The threat posed to a certain political party by the yet to be registered coalition of the main opposition political parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) seeking to dethrone the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 general elections seems to be real after all as checks have revealed the persons from “high quarters” are mounting pressure on the principal officers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to not register the All Progressive Congress (APC).
According a source who disclosed to leadership newspapers, the INEC Boss confided in one of his friends that he is resisting the pressure from “high quarters” to not register APC as a political party, but might be left with no other option than throwing in the towel if the pressure continues.
The reported consideration of the INEC Chairman to throw in the towel is borne out of his lamentation that the reputation he had built over the years as an intellectual and an activist of international repute had taken a huge bashing because he accepted the electoral umpire job.
The INEC chairman, it was learnt, had confided in his close friends that pressure was being mounted on him to not register APC as a political party when the parties formally requested registration
His worries were said to have been compounded by the fact that the national leadership of the APC was finding it difficult to fast-track its registration process.
Both the presidency and the ruling PDP, it was further gathered, are plotting to make the merger flop so that each of the merging political parties would vie for elective offices on their individual platforms in the 2015 general election.
Three political parties – the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) – had resolved to merge under the platform of the APC. However, representatives of the three political parties are putting final touches to their papers to seek registration by INEC.
There had been an earlier plot for the electoral commission to not register the Buhari/Tinubu-led APC: another political party with the same acronym, African Peoples Congress (APC), had sought registration with INEC.
When contacted over the matter of APC registration, the chief press secretary of Jega, Mr Kayode Idowu, stated that party registration under INEC is purely administrative matter.
He said, “Every application for registration in INEC is a routine administrative matter and will be handled as such.”
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