APC Raises Alarm Over Plot To Register Another ACN, ANPP and CPC
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised the alarm over a plan by
unscrupulous and apparently-hired hands to relaunch the acronym battle
against the party by seeking to register three new parties that bear the
acronyms of the same parties that merged to become the APC.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity
Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said those behind the phantom
parties, who are apparently working at the behest of people who have a
mortal fear of the APC, have applied to INEC to register the Allied
Council of Nigeria (ACN); Advanced National Patriotic Party (ANPP) and
Conservative People's Congress (CPC).
It said the fact that the acronyms of the three entities tally with those
of the APC component parties (ACN, ANPP and CPC) is not accidental, but a
grand design by those who have been having sleepless nights since the APC
”It is worthy of note that the three applications to INEC for the
registration of the three organizations as political parties were made on
the same day. Apparently, common sense takes flight in the face of great
”Their plan is simple: Once the parties are registered, they will then
apply to change their logos to those of the original ACN, ANPP and CPC,
and then hope to be on the ballot for next year's general elections. Just
before the elections, the sponsors of the phantom parties will then send
out messages saying the APC has splintered into its component parties for
the purpose of the election. Whatever happens, their plan is to confuse
the electorate and hamper the electoral fortunes of the APC,” the party
APC called on INEC not to succumb to the antics of those who are planning
to sabotage the 2015 general elections and win elections by subterfuge.
”This acronym battle is a part of the larger war against our party to
prevent its registration. Nigerians will recollect that the same people,
apparently, applied to register a phantom APC the moment it became clear
that our merger would succeed and that INEC would register our party,
having met all the requirements to consummate the
”Thankfully, INEC refused to compromise its neutrality and integrity and
chose to act in accordance with the law by registering our party. We urge
the electoral body to do the same now, in the face of unprecedented
desperation by those who believe they can only win elections by cutting
corners,” the party said.
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