The Independent National Electoral Commission has moved to resolve the controversy surrounding the ownership of an acronym, APC, by inviting one of the claimants, the All Progressives Congress, to a meeting in Abuja.
The invitation was sent on Thursday, hours after the African Peoples Congress, another claimant to the acronym, accused INEC officials of being involved in “black market transaction.” All Progressives Congress is being formed by four opposition political parties – the Action Congress of Nigeria, the All Nigeria Peoples Party, the Congress for Progressive Change and a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance – to wrest power from the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2015 elections.
Although no reason for the invitation was given, a very reliable source in INEC told one of our correspondents that it was for the purpose of discussing the controversy surrounding the acronym. He however said the meeting which would have held on Friday (today) was postponed because the All Progressives Congress leadership complained of the short notice given by INEC.
“Yes we called for a meeting with the leaders of the All Progressives Congress tomorrow (today) but it will not come up again since the leaders of the political group complained of the short notice given to them. Another day will be fixed for the meeting,” the source added.
When contacted for his response on the invitation, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC Chairman, Mr. Kayode Idowu, simply said, “No comment.”
But the National Publicity Secretary of the ACN, Alhaji Layi Mohammed, confirmed the invitation to the meeting and its postponement.
“It is true but it has been postponed. The notice was too short for our leaders to honour,” Mohammed said.
When asked when the meeting would take place, he replied “Till another date both sides agree.”
The Acting Chairman of the African Peoples Congress, Chief Onyinye Ikeagwuonu, disclosed this in a speech entitled, “The dark forces are gathering again,” during a visit to the group’s secretariat by 30 lawyers operating under the aegis of Lawyers in Defence of Democracy and Constitutionalism in Abuja.