As another group threatens court action against merging APC over acronym.
Determined not to give up in its quest for registration as a political party, the African Peoples Congress, APC, on Friday flooded the streets of Abuja with its posters, despite being in court challenging the refusal of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to register it.
The posters which are in red were noticed at strategic spots and on flyovers in Asokoro, Maitama and Wuse Districts of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
The messages on the posters, which are in form of warning, include “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”, and “Don’t join a sinking ship.”
The move considered strategic is coming a few hours after another political association, All Progressives Congress of Nigeria, which is also laying claim to APC acronym, announced its intention to commence legal action next week to stop INEC from considering the request by the All Progressives Congress, APC, for registration as a party.
APC is the merger of the Congress for Progressives Change, CPC; Action Congress of Nigeria, APC; All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP; Democratic Peoples Party, DPP, and a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.
The merging parties on Tuesday announced that they had submitted application for registration to the electoral body. The application was signed by nine officials drawn from the ACN, CPC and ANPP.
However, All Progressives Congress of Nigeria, in a surprise move on Thursday, threatened to go to court on Monday to stop INEC from registering the All Progressives Congress, using the APC acronym.
The National Secretary of the association, Oguzie Nwachukwu, said it was also relying on Section 2 and 5 of the Freedom of Information, FoI Act, to ask INEC to furnish it with names and applications of any other group requesting for registration, using the APC acronym.
The merging parties had been contending with the African Peoples Congress over the use of APC acronym before the latter’s application for registration was thrown out by INEC. It is already in court challenging the action though it announced plans to meet next week to review other issues affecting it.
The emergence of the African Peoples Congress’ posters is reportedly aimed at stopping the registration of the merger parties which is currently under review by INEC.
The National Secretary of the African Peoples Congress, Sa’id Balogun, in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES on Friday confirmed that the posters belong to the association but did not elaborate on what it is meant to achieve.
Mr. Balogun said his group would meet tonight to discuss the issue of posters.