Abuja - The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has officially registered Nigeria's biggest opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), paving way for its participation in the 2015 general election.
Secretary of INEC, Abdullahi Kaugama, confirmed the development in a statement this afternoon.
“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has approved the application by three political parties – the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) – to merge into one, to be known as the All Progressives Congress.
"On considering the application, the Commission found that the applicant-parties have met all statutory requirements for the merger, and has accordingly granted their request.
"Consequently, the Commission has approved the withdrawal of the individual certificates of the applicant-parties, and the issuance of a single certificate to the All Progressives Congress,” read the statement.
Formed in February 2013, ACN is the result of an alliance by Nigeria's biggest opposition parties.
They merged to challenge the ruling People’s Democratic Party’s stranglehold on power.
- CAJ News