Abuja, July 31, 2013 (NAN) The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday congratulated the leadership of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for the successful registration of the party by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja by Mr Tony Okeke, the Acting National Publicity Secretary of PDP.
The statement described the registration of APC as ``healthy to the nation`s democracy’’ and said that the party did not posed any threat to the ruling party.
``The PDP still maintained its pre-eminent position and enjoyed the widest popularity and acceptance across the country,’’ it said.
The statement said that with the registration of APC, ``Nigerians expect its leaders to eschew all forms of bitterness and desperation’’.
It advised the leadership of the new party against ``politics of propaganda'' and said that it should focus on issues affecting the nation's economy and governance in the interest of Nigerians.
``We hope to see a vibrant opposition that will constructively engage the PDP on issues of governance in a way that Nigerians will benefit instead of overheating the polity.’’
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that three political parties, the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), and the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP), merged to form the APC.

A statement issued by INEC on Wednesday and signed by its Secretary, Alhaji Abdullahi Kaugama, said the commission approved the application by the three political parties because ``they met all statutory requirements for the merger’’. (NAN)
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