POLITICS: APC – Group alleges plot to obtain dubious court injunction over party acronym tussle
LEGISREPORTS NG – African People’s Congress, APC, an association angling to be registered as a political party in the country, has raised alarm over what it believes is a plot obtain a court judgment to deny it of party registration.
In court after the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, refused to register them as party over some infractions in the registration process, APC claims that the motive of the election body all along has been to deny it of its acronym with which it applied to be registered as a party.
APC ran into stormy waters after INEC stated that it could not register the organization as a party after it failed to show that it has a national secretariat and show a list of its national officers conclusively.
INEC’s rejection, however, came at time when All Peoples’ Congress, a merger of Action Congress of Nigeria, All Nigerian Peoples’ Party, Congress for Progressive Change and a faction of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, ANPP, were seeking registration of the merger as political party.
There was however a snag in the process because both party had same acronym.
Though INEC initially told the public that the merging party may have to seek a different name, it also told APC that it would not be registered as a party.
APC, however insists that INEC’s decision is illegal and has since taken the matter to an Abuja based high court.
But earlier today, Sa’id Balogun, acting secretary, APC, told newsmen that there moves by the merging party to influence court judgment on the matter.
“We are not unaware of their desperate gambit to procure a ridiculous injunction from a state High Court ordering INEC to register the All Progressive Congress,” Balogun said.
After the injunction is secured, claimed Balogun, the merger team would then rush off with the order to INEC. “The will go to their cronies already positioned at INEC to execute the order,” Balogun added.
But the party secretary vowed that APC would resist the move in totality.
This report was prepared by our reporter in Abuja