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APC Scales Registration Hurdle

The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, today registered the All Progressive Congress, APC, as a political party in Nigeria.

 

A statement signed Abdullahi Kaugama, INEC secretary, and made available to journalists in Abuja by Kayode Idowu, spokesman of the chairman of the commission, indicated that the transformation of three existing political parties into the APC had met with approval.

 

“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,”the statement announced.

 

The commission said that “applicant-parties have met all statutory requirements for the merger” and consequently “approved the withdrawal of the individual certificates of the applicant-parties, and the issuance of a single certificate to the All Progressives Congress.”

 

Today’s official announcement lays to rest speculations that theAPC would be denied registration because of its choice of name as another political association is said to have also applied to INECusing the same name and acronym.

 

Full text of the INEC statement is below:

 

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.

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