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Opposition Parties Will Need New Identity for APC- INEC

There is a high tendency that the opposition coalition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), might not be registered in its present form by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), following the discovery that another party, African Peoples Congress (APC), with the same abbreviation, has already applied to the commission for registration.

The commission said on Sunday that it would not register two parties with the same abbreviation, adding that presently, it had no application before it for the registration of the opposition parties’ APC.

Speaking on the issue, the Chief Press Secretary to INEC, Mr. Kayode Idowu, therefore urged the opposition parties to consider finding a new name and abbreviation to facilitate the registration of their coalition party. However, the identity crisis is expected to be tackled tomorrow, as leaders of opposition parties are billed to meet in Abuja to fashion out an appropriate response to the controversy of the coalition party’s identity.

INEC Monday declared its neutrality in the party registration process, stating that the process is conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis. It explained that the opposition parties’ APC was not known to the commission, as it was yet to submit registration documents.

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