The party accused INEC of working in cahoots with the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN to deny it registration.
The African Peoples Congress, APC, has sued the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC; over the electoral umpires’ decision not to register the party based the party’s failure to meet some registration requirements.
The association, in a statement from its ‘Legal Directorate,’ Tuesday, said it has formally filed action in the court of law seeking judicial review of the decision of INEC to deny the APC registration, based on grounds it views as inconsistent with the provisions of the law.
It accused INEC of working in cahoots with the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, to deny it registration; and has therefore initiated a “judicial process today at the Federal High Court, Abuja in suit No: FHC/ABJ/CS/224/2013.”
The association said INEC and the ACN “will again have the opportunity to learn first-hand, the strength of our resolve as a group.”
It also added that beyond the court action, it believes in the rule of law and due process and reassures its teeming members and supporters that its certificate of registration is within view and just a “taking distance away.”
“There is no iota of doubt that the court of law will adequately redress the injustice meted out on the African People’s Congress and will in clear terms inform those Lagos politicians that have overtime nurtured an exaggerated opinion of their worth and importance in the Nigerian political space, that they are not more Nigerian than other Nigerians,” they said.
The statement also said the party will be represented by Awa Kalu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, who will be supported by “over thirty senior lawyers drawn from the group, lawyers in Defence of Democracy and our in-house legal department.”
“Let this serve as another Notice to INEC, that by virtue of the commencement of this Judicial review process as required by Section 79 of the Electoral Act, that nobody or group of association seeking registration or merger as apolitical party shall be assigned or allowed to parade or seek to register any political party bearing same logo, acronym as ours.
“The APC application is still valid until the Supreme Court finally rules otherwise. We shall remain vigilant in the coming days to watch and firmly defend our legal name and acronym which are currently a subject of judicial review before the Federal High Court
“We are therefore confident that having brought this matter to the Temple of Justice; not underestimating the ‘long reach’ of the Lagos merger group though, we hopefully shall get fair hearing and ruling, untainted by ‘Lagos’, such that at the end of the day, justice would have been adequately served,” they said.
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