Following the controversy surrounding the ownership of the acronym APC, the Independent National Electoral Commission has invited one of the claimants, the All Progressives Congress to a meeting in Abuja.
The invitation on Thursday came hours after the African People’s Congress, another claimant to the acronym, accused INEC officials of being involved in “black market transaction.”
A third political group also laying claim to the acronym, All Patriotic Citizens however made a U-turn on this, and has yet to come up with a new name.
All Progressives Congress is being formed by four opposition political parties – the Action Congress of Nigeria, the All Nigeria Peoples Party, the Congress for Progressive Change and a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance as way of wresting power from the ruling People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
Although no reason for the invitation was given, a very reliable source in INEC told Punch that it was for the purpose of discussing the controversy surrounding the acronym.
He however said the meeting which would have held on Friday (yesterday) was postponed because the All Progressives Congress leadership complained of the short notice given by INEC.
“Yes we called for a meeting with the leaders of the All Progressives Congress tomorrow (Friday), but it will not come up again since the leaders of the political group complained of the short notice given to them. Another day will be fixed for the meeting,” the source added.
When contacted for his response on the invitation, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr. Kayode Idowu, simply said, “No comment.”
The National Publicity Secretary of the ACN, Alhaji Layi Mohammed, however confirmed the invitation to the meeting and its postponement.
“It is true but it has been postponed. The notice was too short for our leaders to honour,” Mohammed said.
When asked when the meeting would take place, he replied “Till another date both sides agree.”