•PDP congratulates new party, says it’s no threat
•CPC, CNPP, Tinubu hail registration
Nigeria Wednesday made a major move towards a dominant two-party system with the registration of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the withdrawal of the certificates of registration of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).
In furtherance of the new party’s registration, APC has announced that it would unveil a plan to mobilise more membership across the country. The party, which was in a celebratory mood Wednesday following its registration, in a veiled reference to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said it would give all Nigerians, especially those who have become disenchanted with the progress of the country, the much-awaited opportunity to become part of the country’s democratic process in the true sense of the word.
However, the PDP was magnanimous in its reaction to APC’s registration and congratulated the new party, but maintained that the coalition of the former opposition parties would not pose a threat to its hegemony. In a statement signed by the secretary of the commission, Alhaji Abduallhi Kaugama, INEC said: “On considering the application, the commission found that the applicant-parties have met all statutory requirements for the merger, and has accordingly granted their request.”