Lagos - The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised the alarm over alleged plans to register with electoral bodies, three new parties that bear the acronyms of the parties that merged to become the APC.
The Party's National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said there had been applications to INEC to register the Allied Council of Nigeria (ACN), Advanced National Patriotic Party (ANPP) and Conservative People's Congress (CPC).
He said the fact that the acronyms of the three entities tally with those of the APC component parties (Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) was not coincidental.
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'It is worthy of note that the three applications to INEC for the registration of the three organizations as political parties were made on the same day. Apparently, common sense takes flight in the face of great desperation!" APC stated.
''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," APC added.
It alleged that before the elections, the alleged sponsors of the "phantom parties" would then send out messages saying the APC had splintered into its component parties for the purpose of the election.
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"Whatever happens, their plan is to confuse the electorate and hamper the electoral fortunes of the APC,'' the party said.
APC called on INEC not to succumb to the" antics of those who are planning to sabotage the 2015 general elections and win elections bysubterfuge."
''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."
- CAJ News