The newly formed association gets pressure group to promote its interest in six geo-political zones.
More than one month after it acquired a gigantic property as its national secretariat, the All Progressives Congress, APC, a merger of some opposition political parties, is yet to move into the property.
PREMIUM TIMES had exclusively reported last month that the association had acquired a property located at No 6, Bissau Street, Zone 6, Wuse District, Abuja.
A few days later, the group applied to the Commission for registration as a party, using the address.
The parties in the merger deal are the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN; Congress for Progressive Change, CPC; All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP; Democratic Peoples Party, DPP; and a faction of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.
When PREMIUM TIMES visited the property, reportedly donated by a prominent member of APC, it was still empty; though several posters of the association were pasted on the gate and fence.
It was gathered that the association is treading cautiously since its request for registration is still pending with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
A member of the association, who PREMIUM TIMES met in the premises but who chose to speak on the condition of anonymity, said since the process of registration is still on the association has no need to be in a hurry to move into its building.
The National Publicity Secretary-designate of APC, Lai Mohammed, confirmed to PREMIUM TIMES in a telephone interview on Monday that the association is not in a hurry to move into the property, but attributed it to the need to renovate and equip it before doing so.
“We cannot move in like that because we have to renovate the place and equip it to make it a befitting national secretariat,” he said.
“It has been a long time the place was used. We also have to equip it with furniture, internet and other things.”
Mr. Mohammed, who is also the spokesman of ACN, disclosed that INEC officials are yet to inspect the proposed secretariat in line with the provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 (amended).
“No, INEC has not come but they will soon come,” he said though not indicating any particular time the Commission will do so.
Meanwhile, a pressure group has emerged to promote the interest of APC in all the six geo-political zones of the country.
The group, known as the All Progressives Congress-National Grassroots Mobilization League (APC-NGML), was inaugurated at the weekend.
Speaking during the inauguration of the group’s National Coordinating Committee in Abuja last Sunday, its National Coordinator, Asira Enya, said that with determination, the APC-NGML would do a lot to assist the APC, both in terms of achieving registration and scoring electoral victories in subsequent elections in the country.
Mr. Enya, a lecturer at the University of Calabar, appealed to other well meaning Nigerians to join hands with the group in its desire to assist the APC in its rescue mission in Nigeria.
“With determination, we can do a lot in this direction. The problems of Nigeria are not new to us. APC is on a rescue mission. All we are doing is supporting the party to achieve the change we are all craving for”, he said.
“We are not fighting anybody. What we are looking for is the political power to put Nigeria where she rightly belongs among the committee of nations.
“We are not going to abuse this power when we get it, like the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] has been doing in the last 14years or more”.
The South-East coordinator of the group, Vincent Uzuakpundu, boasted that the governorship election in Anambra State, which will hold later in the year, will be the launching pad for the APC, not only in the zone but throughout the country.
He said, “We are going to use the Anambra gubernatorial election to prove that APC is very popular, not only in the South-East but the entire country.
Mr. Uzuakpundu said that the association will liberate the people of Anambra State and assured that it will conduct a credible council poll within the first three months of its assumption of power in the state.
He added that the people of the South-East geo-political zone have embraced the APC, regardless of the opinion of some persons whom he said have resorted to blackmail by referring to the association as a Sharia-party.
“APC is like a hurricane sweeping across the entire length and breadth of Nigeria. The people of South-East have embraced the APC revolution though a few enemies of the masses are busy giving the party bad tags such as Sharia party which it is not,” he stated.
“The basic truth is that such persons are afraid of the radical changes that APC is coming up with, which will help liberate the masses of our people from the condition of misery and penury which their oppressors have sentenced them to in the last 14 years.”