APC will not change name, acronym- Lai Mohammed

All Progressives Congress

The party accused the ruling Peoples Democratic Party of promoting other rival associations with the same acronym.

A meeting of the All Progressives Congress, APC, went underway in Abuja on Monday, with its promoters insisting on retaining its name and acronym, despite threats by the rival African Peoples Congress to seek judicial intervention over the rejection of its registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

The association also accused the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of sponsoring the other associations laying claim to the “APC” acronym.

Lai Mohammed, the National Publicity Secretary of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, one of the parties planning to merge to the APC, stated this in an interview with journalists at the venue of the meeting, which was being held behind closed-doors at the time of this report.

The All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP; Congress for Progressive Change, CPC; ACN; and a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, announced their plan to merge into All Progressives Congress, in February.

However, no sooner was the announcement made than the African Peoples Congress and the All Patriotic Citizens, emerged on the scene claiming the same acronym, “APC.”

While the former was disqualified by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, which cited constitutional breaches for its action, the latter, subsequently, withdrew its application for registration.

Monday’s meeting was convened to adopt the manifesto, logo, draft constitution of the association, as well as modality for sharing posts, before going to their respective national conventions where the merger will be ratified by members of the parties.

Mr. Mohamed said the association is complying with the law, adding that contrary to reports, it would not change its name and acronym.

“As far as we are concerned, we are going ahead with the name. We are following the laws to the letter. As of today, ACN has given notice of its national convention to INEC and they have replied us they would be there.” Mr. Mohammed said. “We are completely on track and we are not going to be stampeded. We shall not change the name.”

The APC chief explained that the parties were at the stage of notifying INEC as to when each of them would hold national convention to ratify the merger.

He disclosed that his party, ACN has already served notice on INEC on the plan to hold its convention in Lagos on April 18.

Mr. Mohammed also announced that the ANPP and CPC have also agreed on the dates they would hold their national conventions just as he accused the PDP of being behind the two other associations claiming the APC acronym.

He assured that the parties would conclude the merger ahead of the 2015 general elections.

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