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.
Formed in February 2013, the party is the result of an 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) – and a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). The three political parties organized their conventions and passed resolutions giving the go ahead to forgo their individual identities and merge into one big party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The party received approval from the nation’s electoral umpire Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on 31 July 2013 to become a political party and subsequently withdrew the operating licenses of the three legacy parties (the ACN, CPC and ANPP).
In March 2013, it was reported that two other associations – African Peoples Congress and All Patriotic Citizens – also applied for INEC registration, adopting APC as an acronym as well, reportedly “a development interpreted to be a move to thwart the successful coalition of the opposition parties, ahead of the 2015 general elections.” It was reported in April 2013 that the party was considering changing their name to the All Progressive Congress of Nigeria (APCN) to avoid further complications.
All Progressives Congress (APC), South Africa Chapter was officially recognized by the Party Headquarters in Abuja on April 18, 2016. Prior to this event, the body had submitted documentations and made follow-up visits which culminated into this formal recognition with an official mandate letter signed by the Chairman of the Party, Chief John E.K. Odigie-Oyegun and addressed to Hon. Engr. Bola Babarinde, the current Chairman, on behalf of APC, South Africa.
With this mandate, Hon. Babarinde and his faithful party members from inception have worked assiduously to put the structures in place. APC is the official ruling party in Nigeria and the chapters of the Party outside the country is willing to receive membership and accommodate inputs from Nigerians in Diaspora with the single purpose of transmission of such detailed pieces of advice and suggestions to Nigeria for the development of our country.
APC South Africa is open to all Nigerians living in South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia and Botswana as members with equal status within the party structure. The cardinal principle is to promote APC programmes and achievements also make our own contributions to make Nigeria a better place for all her people.
APC South Africa chapter provides to Nigerians living in South Africa and neighboring States, useful information from the party to help them participate in the Nigerian political process. Currently, the APC South Africa head office is resident in Waverley Area of Pretoria, Gauteng Province, South AfricaContact APCSA
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