The Independent National Electoral Commission, today, approved the registration of merger party, the All Peoples Congress.
In a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, APC said its emergence is a victory for Nigeria and for democracy, and that the country now has two major political parties.
The statement read, “The journey has been long and tortuous. All sorts of obstacles were thrown into our path by anti-democratic forces, but we were painstaking, determined and unrelenting in our quest for a formidable platform that will allow our country, Nigeria, to achieve her full potentials and join the league of respectable nations. With the approval of our merger by INEC and the emergence of APC, today marks the beginning of a new dawn for our country and her long-suffering people.
“We thank Nigerians both here and in the Diaspora for standing by us. We thank the media for their fairness, and we commend INEC for doing the right thing and for not succumbing to pressures from phantom political associations that sought to force it to circumvent the law.We promise not to disappoint Nigerians who have reposed much confidence in us. We say that contrary to the lies being peddled by the naysayers, we are not seeking political power for the sake of getting it, but in order to use it to empower our people and allow their long-nursed hopes and dreams to become a reality. And to those who have vowed to change their names if APC survives for a year, we hope they will live up to their words.”
The news of their registration was met with goodwill from the national leader of former Action Congress, Bola Ahmed Tinubu who congratulated INEC for their move.