SDP – The Social Democratic Party has accused APC – The All Progressive Congress of hijacking their slogan ‘Progress’ and abandoning their own slogan ‘Change.’ The Social Democratic Party (SDP) had said that the slogan ‘Progress’ originally belongs to them and not to the All Progressive Congress (APC).The National Secretary of the Social Democratic Party – Alhaji Shehu Gabam had publicized this information on Monday June 25th, 2018 during a press conference in Abuja.
Alhaji Shehu Gabam told the public that ‘Progress’ as a Slogan belongs to his party -SDP – following INEC’s Mandate to all political parties to make their slogan or motto known during their registration with INEC. Meanwhile, according to him, APC does not have such a history; their slogan has always been ‘Change’ and not ‘Progress.’
In Alhaji Shehu Gabam’s words:
“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.”
“A riding horse, which is the SDP logo, symbolises progress. A broom does not symbolise progress.
He also made known to the public that his party has reported this unpleasant development to INEC as he added:
“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.”