All Progressives Congress had persistently alleged that the PDP was behind the registration of the African Peoples Congress. The man behind attempts to register the African Peoples Congress is a card carrying member of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, who has carried out several hatchet jobs for the party hierarchy in the past.
The African Peoples Congress, in a surprise stunt, beat the All Progressives Congress, a result of a merger of four opposition parties, to commencing a registration process with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC. The All Progressives Congress has alleged that African Peoples Congress move was orchestrated by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in order to stifle its operation. This allegation, findings show, was not a wild one.
The registration The lawyer, Samuel Chinedu, who filed the application of the African Peoples Congress, APC, to INEC, woke on Friday to see that he had become popular, a dimension he had no idea his life will take. The Nation newspaper had, on Friday, ran a story on the lawyer detailing the manner of transaction he had with INEC by applying to register the African Peoples Congress.
The story, in which Mr. Chinedu said he was just a young lawyer, went viral. He gave the name of his patron and the details of their transaction. “Ugochinyere Ikenga approached me sometime in February 2013 to put in an application for the registration of a political party by name African Peoples Congress,” Mr. Chinedu told The Nation. “He paid me an initial sum of N30, 000 and later added another N50, 000 and a Samsung Galaxy phone after I had filed the papers, with a promise that he was going to settle me after the party must have been registered.
“I filed the application in the honest belief that it was just another political party because even the application I entered at INEC only bears the name African Peoples Congress. The acronym APC was not included in the application,” Mr. Chinedu said. He said he never envisaged that there was an ulterior motive to the registration of the African Peoples Party.
“There was no way I could have visualized, whether or not there was an ulterior motive in the registration of that political party. I was, however, surprised to see my name all over the newspapers, including a sample of the application letter I wrote to INEC. “I wish to let Nigerians know that I am not a politician in anyway whatsoever.
I regret the issues at hand and the dimension the entire thing is taking,” he said. Mr. Ikenga, the strategist Mr. Ikenga, not only a card carrying member of the PDP, but has been involved in several hatchet jobs within the ruling party.