Lagos - The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) on Sunday said that INEC had no
reason not to register the All Progressives Congress (APC), claiming
that it had met all the requirements for merger.
A statement made available to newsmen in Lagos by the ACN National
Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said that INEC had no
defensible reason not to approve the merger.
The statement said that in spite of recent media reports, the
emerging party's leadership had no doubt that INEC would do what was
right in accordance with the law.
It dismissed the report that INEC was planning to write a letter to
the proponents of APC to find another name because of a court case
instituted by a political association over the APC acronym.
"We are convinced that INEC has no discernible reason to write such a
letter to us. In the first instance, there exists no court injunction
anywhere restraining the commission from registering APC.
"There could be many court cases, but until there is a court order,
no one can pre-empt what a court will do and act on that basis.
"Again, we have met all the stipulated requirements. INEC has also
inspected our proposed headquarters in Abuja and sighted all our interim
"The merger process may be novel, but we have played according to the rules and we expect nothing less from INEC,’’ ACN said.
"We, therefore, call on the commission to do the proper thing right now - which is the registration of APC.
"We urge INEC not to compromise its neutrality and integrity by
acting contrary to the law. We remind the commission that Nigerians are
keenly watching how it will handle this merger issue,’’ it said.
According to the statement, whatever INEC does will determine whether
or not Nigerians can count on it to organise a free, fair and credible
elections in 2015.
"Given the already over-heated polity ahead of the 2015 elections,
we believe INEC will not do anything that will aggravate the
situation,’’ the statement said.
It appealed to all supporters of the emerging APC across the country
to remain calm and be law-abiding over the registration issue.