The All Progressives Congress, APC, Sunday, said plans are afoot by some people to register acronyms similar to those of the three defunct political parties that merged to form it. APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, in a statement, said the intent of their promoters is to confuse electorate during the 2015 election by giving the impression that his party has splintered. He gave the name of the spoof parties, said to have applied to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for registration as the Allied Council of Nigeria (ACN); Advanced National Patriotic Party (ANPP) and Conservative People’s Congress (CPC).
“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,” Mohammed stated.
He added that that ‘the acronyms of the applicants 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 was registered.’
He noted the fact that the applications to INEC of the three parties were made the same day smacked lack of ‘common sense’ and ‘great desperation.’ The party 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 merger.
“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.