The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has been accused of theft by the Social Democratic Party (SDP).
SDP alleged that the APC stole its slogan ‘progress’, which the ruling party reportedly adopted during its national convention at the weekend in place of its former slogan ‘change’.
The national secretary of the SDP, Alhaji Shehu Gabam, made the accusation at a press conference in Abuja on Monday.
According to him, political parties in the country were mandated to inform the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of their slogan or motto at the point of registration.
He claimed that investigation showed that only SDP had registered ‘progress’ as its slogan, and demanded that the APC desist from confusing the electorate ahead of the 2019 general elections with a slogan that belongs to another political party.
“We kindly wish to bring to your attention the illegal adoption of our slogan of ‘progress’ in response to the chant of ‘APC’ at their recent convention in Abuja on June 22 and June 23, 2019, at the Eagle Square.
“You may please refer to our records which show clearly that our constitution of 2010 amended in 2012 and registered with INEC prior to the advent of the APC contains our slogan in Article 5.
“Also, in our recent NEC meeting of May 30, 2018, in which INEC was in attendance, it ( INEC) upheld our slogan in Article 5 (5 .1) of 2018 amended SDP constitution. It is, therefore, unacceptable that the APC is allowed to adopt our slogan with a long history of registration with INEC,” Gabam said.
On the action of the party in respect to the development he said, “We have written to INEC to draw their attention to that. Whether it was intentional or a mistake, we feel that this thing should be documented officially for record purposes so that we will not be accused of not raising the issue.
“A riding horse, which is the SDP logo, symbolises progress. A broom does not symbolise progress.”
SDP further accused APC of trying to use the June 12 event, “where our hero, the late MKO Abiola, was honoured along with other personalities” to its advantage.
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