Nigeria News | APC to Sue R-APC for Copyright Infringement

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As the 2019 general elections in Nigeria draws near, there have been a significant number of party defections and creation of new parties. Earlier this week, the All Progressive Congress (APC) said that they will take the leaders and members of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) to court on allegation of impersonation and copyright infringement.

APC National Legal Adviser, Mr. Babatunde Ogala made the disclosure in Abuja while opposing the formation of R-APC headed by a top member of APC, Alhaji Buba Galadima.

Speaking further, the National Legal Adviser, Ogala was dissatisfied with the formation of R-APC adding that that Galadima’s address at the formation of R-APC was 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.

Ogala added that APC as the ruling party is responsible for the protection of the country’s democracy and there is need to clarify the infringement and legal import of the R-APC.

“The sum total of Galadima’s press release can be captured under three major issues and we will address each of them subsequently.’’ Ogala Said

Last week Wednesday, the R-APC was created out of APC and have already appointed her National Working Committee, state executive committees and executive committees in the 774 local government areas across the country.

The legal adviser of APC reportedly said that the R-APC is perpetuating falsehood in a bid to gain pecuniary or other benefits thereby leading to fraudulent misrepresentation that could lead to breach of peace and public nuisance across the country.

He noted that the R-APC is allegedly guilty of breach of trademark and infringement of copyright, saying that the APC trusted that relevant authorities would deal with the criminal conduct of the group.

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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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