- SDP has accused APC of stealing its slogan
- According to the party, the 'progress' slogan recently adopted by APC belongs to SDP
- The party has reported the alleged theft of its slogan to INEC
The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has accused the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), of stealing its 'Progress' slogan.
The national secretary of the SDP, Alhaji Shehu Gabam, said the party has reported the incident to Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Punch reports that Gabam said all political parties were mandated to inform the electoral commission of their slogan or motto at the point of registration. He asked APC to stop trying to confuse the electorate ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Gabam said: “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.
“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."
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Recall that NAIJ.com earlier reported that the All Progressives Congress has dropped the ‘Change’ slogan and adopted ‘Progress’ as its new slogan.
The party made this change at its convention on Sunday, June 24.
One of the masters of ceremonies at the convention reportedly announced that delegates should no longer chorus ‘change’ anytime the name of the party is chanted.
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