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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