The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, has strongly frowned at the inclusion of its logo in the advertorial placed in some national dailies yesterday by Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola hailing the registration of All Progressive Congress (APC).
APGA, which expressed shock at the development, demanded a retraction of the said advertorial and a fee of N20 billion as damages within seven days.
The party also demanded a formal apology.
National chairman of the party, Chief Victor Umeh, who made this known at press conference in Abuja yesterday said: “We are shocked to see in a national daily of today (yesterday) an advertorial placed by Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, congratulating APC for scaling the registration hurdle of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and in the publication, four party logos were lifted, ACN, CPC, ANPP and APGA.
“We are shocked that Governor Fashola, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, can so mischievously place this advertorial which included the logo of All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA.
“Of course, the clear intention of this advertorial was to give the impression that APGA is now part of APC, that APGA is no longer a political party.
“Coming from a SAN, we know that Fashola knows the implication for these adverts. It is a mischief to deceive all our teeming supporters in Nigeria and abroad that APGA has now become part of APC.
“While we congratulate them of realising their dream of coming together to form a mega party called APC, fraudulently using APGA logo cannot be accepted by our party.
“The obvious damage this would do our party are well known to Nigerians. We are also passing this to our lawyers to make a demand of N20 billion damages.
“Fashola must pay this money to APGA. Politics of confusion must be avoided in Nigeria. Anybody can meet to do anything as he wished but within the law.”
APGA, which has one of its governors – Rochas Okorocha – as a staunch supporter and proponent of the APC, noted that the party never held any convention alongside the three other parties as part of the processes for merger, adding that INEC, while announcing withdrawal of Certificates of Registration of ACN, ANPP and CPC, did not include APGA.