All Progressives Congress for a Change
All Progressives Congress or APC was formed on February 6, 2013 as a political party in Nigeria. It was mainly created for the 2015 election. There are four opposition parties which triggered the APC. It includes the Congress for Progressive Change or CPC, All Nigeria Peoples Party or ANPP, the Action Congress of Nigeria or ACN, and the All Progressives Grand Alliance or APGA. John Odigie Oyegun is the named chairman of APC. Most of APC’s support can be found within Northern and Southwestern Nigeria. These areas are greatly occupied by biggest ethnic groups such as Hausa Fulani and Yoruba.
There was a representative for each alliance who signed the entire resolution:
All Progressives Congress got the approval of Independent National Electoral Commission or INEC in 2013. As a result, APC finally became a political party. Two groups, namely African People’s Congress and the All Patriotic Citizens, also submitted an application. The former had an acronym of APC, which is similar to All Progressive Congress.
Nigerians see All Progressives Congress as an answer to the governing of People’s Democratic Party (PDP). There were 5 governors who decided to join APC:
In December 2013, 37 PDP members also transferred to All Progressives Congress. The changing of sides was mentioned on the letter which was read by Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal.
Moreover, 11 senators moved to APC in 2014. Some of them are Abdullahi Adamu, Mohammed Ndume, Bukola Saraki, and Danjuma Goje. The decision for moving was contained within a letter which was addressed to David Mark.
APC agrees on having regulated economic policies on the market. It also wants impart an active engagement on government regulation.
Justice, Peace, and Unity—these are the key principles of the said political party. It aims to attain democratic values that will result to the nation’s better future. It is also centered on good governance for the improvement of people’s lives through eliminating poverty. With the help of APC, there will be higher employment rate within Nigeria. Specifically, APC strives to respond the needs of citizens through its political programs such as:
All Progressives Congress seem to be the ultimate luck of Muhammadu Buhari for winning the Presidential race in 2015. Muhammad’s previous involvement on other political parties did not lead him to victory. In 2003 and 2007, he failed to acquire the desired position under All Nigeria Peoples Party. In 2011, he was not able to get the position under the Congress for Progressive Change. Now that he succeeded, there are expectations that he will do everything for the progress of Nigeria.