As Justice Gabriel Kolawole of a federal High court sitting in Abuja is getting set to hear the suit filed by the rival African People’s Congress (APC) challenging the refusal of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), there is serious confusion and fears in the camp of former Lagos state governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu, General Muhammadu Buhari and its interim National chairman Chief Bisi Akande over the decision the court will reach.
At the last adjourned date the Court presided over by Justice Gabriel Kolawale was said that the Judge has gone to a medical check up and directed parties in the suit to take a new date.
One of the counsel to INEC who confided in our correspondent said that the matter is very dicey because the other APC(not Bisi Akande own) has already met the conditions and guidelines given to them by INEC.
According to the lawyer, his fears is that the African peoples Congress had apply for registration three months later before the Akande led APC approached INEC and subsequently they were registered.
He said that with the grounds the African peoples congress are approaching the court anything can happen.
He further added that the party had two weeks back informed the commission that they have established 36 functional offices including the FCT.
With this development, there are strong feelers that the leadership of the All Progressive Congress leadership are jittery over the outcome of the verdict of the court on the matter.
The matter was subsequently fixed for January 20th for hearing.
The rival APC is seeking to upturn the decision of INEC to deny it registration after it had fulfilled/complied with all the legal requirements for registration as a political party.
The battle over the acronym APC is between the African People’s Congress and the their Rival All Progressives Congress (APC) will in the long run determine the shape of the 2015 election battle which is already heating up.
The African People’s congress which was first to apply and complete the registration process with INEC was later denied registration by Commission on the grounds of non availability of their Officers Address, a requirement the African People’s Congress duly submitted and was acknowledge by INEC.
The Federal High Court Abuja was expected to give ruling on pending application which will go a long way in shaping the battle over who owns APC including a pending Injunction to restrain the continued usage of the APC Acronym by the rival All Progressive Congress, APC pending the determination and completion of the main suit.