by Dare Lawal
The newly formed All Progressive Congress (APC) continues to make steady progress towards its official recognition by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The latest development from that camp is that they have settled for what would be the new party’s logo.
Now, The Scoop has not been able to independently verify this, but it was first reported by online platform – Premium Times.
Back to the logo: It is a broom, placed at the middle of a green-white-blue background. If this sounds or looks familiar, that’s because it is. These are the same components of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) logo.
The main difference is that whereas the background colours are arranged horizontally in the case of ACN, that of the new party as seen, is arranged vertically. Another difference if that on the ACN logo, the letters ‘ACN’ are imposed on a black background whereas for the new party, it would be placed on a red background.
Also, the new party may have chosen to adopt as its motto: “Justice, Peace and Prosperity.” The motto of the ACN is “Justice, Peace and Progress.” So again, just a small tweak.
If this report is true, then there are two ways to look at this.
First, it might mean that the new party is truly working as one, with all the other coalition parties agreeing to adopt what basically is the ACN logo and motto. This could portend good news for them, that the party members are ready to forget about their differences when it is strategically beneficial to all. This is so because the ACN has the most easily recognisable logo of the merging parties.
The other way which some might look at it is that the ACN is dominating proceedings at the talks. Generally, of the merger committees in the three parties, the ACN members have stronger personalities and more name recognition. According to a source: ““Some members are not comfortable because they see the symbol signifying the identities of the parties. Their fear is that using one party’s symbol will confer it dominance over others.”
UPDATE: There are also reports that the logo has not been accepted by all parties involved and the committee that was charged to draft the logo and motto might seek an extension from the original deadline of this Wednesday, in order to sort things out.