CNPP seeks police probe of PDP role in “APC” saga

The group says the call is to preserve Nigeria’s democracy.

The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, has asked the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar to urgently investigate the alleged link between the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the African Peoples Congress, APC.

The group, in a statement by its spokesman, Osita Okechukwu on Sunday, said it was making the call in order to save the internal cohesion of the Independent National Electoral Commission, the country’s democracy and the country.

Two political associations, All Progressives Congress and African Peoples Congress, are battling over which of them should use the acronym, APC.

The former is the name given to the party proposed by four parties which agreed in February to merge. The parties are Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Congress for Progressives Change, CPC, All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, and All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.

Ikenga Ugochinyere, a card-carrying member of PDP reportedly hired a lawyer who filed the application for the registration of the African Peoples Congress at INEC Headquarters in Abuja.

“We are making this call in order to save the internal cohesion of INEC, our fledgling democracy and our dear country; for when two elephants fight it is the grasses that suffer,” CNPP said in the statement.

The group, a coalition of opposition political parties in the country, lamented that “the division in the country at the moment has created enough fault lines for us to contain, therefore all hands must be on the deck to avert the looming danger inherent in INEC’s dilemma in registration of either All Progressives Congress, APC, or African Peoples Congress that goes with the same acronym.

“It is our considered view that the internal cohesion of INEC should be guided jealously for efficient and effective conduct of transparent, free and fair 2015 general elections. More so when since 1999 general elections two major political parties –PDP and APC will contest for the soul of the country.”

CNPP further stated that the conduct of police investigation was urgent since INEC has not registered any of the political associations that are fighting for the APC acronym and also to save the commission in running foul of the law by registering an association promoted by another party.


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  • Osita buhari pikin was the confusion not created by your ibo brothers–now u are here again

  • Es3

    Police probe what?
    Police to probe that Tinubu, Buhari and their group that have registered parties before now suddenly did not know the processes of political party registration again and the need to ensure nothing upstages them? To probe and confirm that they are all mouth and ‘no brains’ if they could be taken off-guards the way they have been here? Probe so that other less Nigerians should run under cover and get out of the way for them (as late comers) to have their way because they are ‘gods’ that must be obeyed? Probe what, to embark on press propaganda to whip up undue sentiments and exploit same to cover their weaknesses and failures while singing from the roof top on that of others’?
    Infact, if INEC succumbs to their propaganda and blackmail by not registering the African Peoples Congress so that Tinubu’s and Buhari;s APC can be registered. I would be personally disappointed in Jega and he would loose his credibility through and through!