By Ezeocha Nzeh
The All Progressive Congress (APC) on Monday threatened to drag leaders and members of Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) to court on allegation of impersonation.
National Legal Adviser of the party, Mr Babatunde Ogala, who dropped this hint in a statement yesterday in Abuja, likened the group’s leader, Buba Galadima’s address at the formation of R-APC to a reminiscent of the televised military address issued after a successful execution of a coup d’etat, which Nigerians had become used to before the advent of democracy.
He noted that other persons in the splinter group had gone to town seeking to validate their conduct.
He said that the development necessitated the APC as the ruling party responsible for the protection of the country’s democracy, to clarify on the legal import of the action of the R-APC.
Ogala, however, said that the situation was well within the party’s control and assured that the rule of law must take its natural course on the matter.
“The sum total of Galadima’s press release can be captured under three major issues and we will address each of them subsequently.’’
The legal adviser noted that Galadima had continued to perpetuate falsehood for the purpose of gaining either pecuniary or other benefits, adding that he was guilty of fraudulent misrepresentation.
“Without a doubt, the declaration of Galadima, if left unchecked, is capable of leading to public nuisance and a breach of peace across the country.
“Our loyal members are already agitated by the incendiary action of this group which runs counter to the beliefs, principles and creed of the APC,” he said.
He noted that the R-APC was guilty of breach of trademark and infringement of copy right, saying that the APC trusted that relevant authorities would deal with the criminal conduct of the group.
“As Nigerians are aware, the coinage APC is both a mark and a copy right capable of being protected under the common law principles of passing off as well as under the extant provision of the Copyright’s Act. Nigerians can only imagine what it would be like if we were to wake up one morning to a bank claiming to be Reformed First Bank Plc or a construction company claiming to be Reformed Julius Berger Plc,’’ he said.