Hopes that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will register the All Progressives Congress (APC) as a political party were raised yesterday with the electoral umpire signaling its intent to grant registration to the party once all the required conditions are fulfilled.
This is despite a pending suit at a Federal High Court, Abuja, instituted by another registration-seeking association with similar acronym, the All Peoples Congress, APC.
INEC made its position known in a telephone interview granted Saturday Mirror by Mr. Kayode Idowu, the Chief Press Secretary to the chairman of the commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega.
Responding to fears expressed in some quarters that the commission may deny Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) as well as the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), the three major sponsors of the APC registration based on the controversy surrounding the acronym, Mr. Idowu said “INEC does not work on speculation”.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission conducts its operatons based strictly on its existing guidelines and rules. Every application that meets the prescribed rules and conditions set by the constitution, gets registered and any that does not meet the prescribed rules, does not get registered,” Mr. Idowu explained.
On the need to stay action on the registration of APC as a political party pending the hearing and determination of the suit in court, the spokesman for the INEC chairman said: “There are no exceptions to the rules; once the conditions are met, the applicant gets registered.”
Dismissing the implications of the suit on the interested parties in the event that the All Peoples Congress’ prayers are answered in the affirmative, Mr. Idowu said, “when we get to the bridge, we will cross it.”