Mr. Tunde Balogun, the APC Chairman, Lagos State Chapter revealed this in a recent statement.
According to him, the party has seen a report in a national newspaper that a purported APC member in Lagos State had instituted a case at a Federal High Court against the party’s National Caretaker Committee and anyone responsible cannot say he is a true member of the party.
He added no bonafide party member of APC will initiate such an action that will disrupt the unity in the party.
His words, “We have seen a report in a national newspaper that a purported APC member in Lagos State had instituted a case at a Federal High Court against the party’s National Caretaker Committee.
“We believe the person who instituted the suit is not a member of our party because it is highly doubtful that a bona-fide party member in Lagos in good standing will initiate such an action. We will, however, investigate the matter.
“Here, I want to reiterate the stance of the APC in Lagos. No party member should file a court action regarding the recent National Executive Committee meeting of the party in Abuja.
“(This is) particularly if that person has not even sought to initiate internal conflict resolution processes to resolve any dispute he may have with the NEC decisions.”
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The All Progressives Congress (APC) is a political party in Nigeria, formed on 6 February 2013 in anticipation of the 2015 elections. APC candidate Muhammadu Buhari won the presidential election by almost 2.6 million votes. Incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat on 31 March. This was the first time in Nigeria’s political history that an opposition political party unseated a governing party in a general election and one in which power transferred peacefully from one political party to another. In addition, the APC won the majority of seats in the Senate and the House of Representatives in the 2015 elections, though it fell shy of winning a super-majority to override the ability of the opposition People’s Democratic Party to block legislation.
Formed in February 2013, the party is the result of a merger of Nigeria’s three biggest opposition parties – the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the new PDP – a faction of then ruling People’s Democratic Party. The resolution was signed by Tom Ikimi, who represented the ACN; Senator Annie Okonkwo on behalf of the APGA; Ibrahim Shekarau, the Chairman of ANPP’s Merger Committee; and Garba Shehu, the Chairman of CPC’s Merger Committee. Ironically, less than 2 years before the party’s historic victory in the 2015 elections, Messrs. Annie Okonkwo, Tom Ikimi and Ibrahim Shekarau resigned from the party and joined the PDP.
Prior to the formation of the APC and its victory in the 2015 elections, Muhammadu Buhari had previously contested (and subsequently lost) the Nigerian presidential elections of 2003 and 2007 as the presidential nominee of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and the 2011 Nigerian presidential election as the presidential nominee of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).
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