Despite the African People’s Congress’ statement and the formal unveiling of the party’s logo, emblem, and acronym, the merger committee of the All Progressive Congress, APC, has debunked the action of the new party, with the leaders of the fledgling All Progressive Congress, comprising Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN; Congress for Progressive Change, CPC; All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP and elements of All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, vowing to pursue their merger.
Speaking through Chief Tom Ikimi, chairman of the joint merger committee of the opposition parties said they had been taking the pains of meeting the requirements of a merger since they made their intentions known on February 6.
He said: “We have taken the pains to furnish the foregoing facts because we will not accept any attempt by INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission), relying on a dubious application, clearly not in compliance with the conditions set out in the Constitution or the Electoral Act, to scuttle our plans to formalise our merger under our adopted name and acronym.
“We challenge the cowards behind the so-called African People’s Congress to come forth and defend their position or forever hold their peace. On our part, the three political parties, part of APGA and others seeking to merge are steadily and resolutely taking all the steps necessary for the merger as provided under the Constitution and the Electoral Act. We have elected representatives in all tiers of government.
“We have written to INEC about this ugly development with the hope that INEC would not allow its credibility to be further undermined by political hirelings and their faceless sponsors who appear determined to truncate the democratic process. It is clearly a case of ‘the hands of Esau but the voice of Jacob’.”
Ikimi said it came to them as a rude shock that INEC would announce receipt of a letter from what he described as a faceless and unknown political group allegedly driven by ‘sheer mischief’ purporting to request for registration with the name of African People’s Congress.
“The obvious motive of this letter is to attempt, albeit in futility, to scuttle the registration of the All Progressives Congress which has been so widely publicized and well received to the discomfort of the establishment,” the opposition merger alleged.