The group says the PDP is promoting the African Peoples Congress to frustrate the merger of opposition parties.
The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to reject the application for the registration of the Africa Peoples Congress, a political association which shares similar acronyms with the All Progressives Congress – APC.
The African Peoples Congress reportedly applied to the commission for registration ahead of the All Progressives Congress, which is the product of the proposed merger of four opposition political parties – Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN; All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP; Congress for Progressive Change, CPC; and the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA.
The CNPP alleged in a release on Monday that the African Peoples Congress is being promoted by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and noted that prior to the formation of the All Progressive Congress on February 6, 2013, there was no such application before INEC.
It said that PDP’s move to register the African Peoples Congress was meant to forestall the registration of the All Progressives Congress.
“We view the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s, covert bid to register African Peoples Congress as a bad omen for our fledgling democracy,” CNPP said in the statement by its spokesman, Osita Okechukwu.
“We urge the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to resist the temptation of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s covert move to register the African Peoples Congress; for prior to 6 February 2013 when the All Progressives Congress (APC) was formed, there was no such application in INEC.
“Therefore PDP’s intention to register African Peoples Congress is ignoble, subversive and meant to forestall the registration of the authentic APC, based on the flimsy argument that both posses the same acronym,” the statement added.
The group told INEC that PDP’s alleged intention is to foist one party state in Nigeria and rule uninterrupted for sixty years, with or without performance.
It challenged the commission to publish the names of the promoters of African Peoples Congress to prove that it is not as alleged, in merger with PDP and to also go further to investigate the allegation that the proposed party is being floated by the ruling party as a way of foisting one party system in the country.
CNPP recalled that former Head of State and three time presidential candidate, Mohammadu Buhari, had alleged that INEC was in a merger with PDP to do the biddings of the party.
Mr. Buhari, it added, also accused INEC of massive corruption among others things.
Yet, “till date, the commission has not accepted or refuted the allegation even as weighty as it is”, the statement said; stressing that INEC’s silence means it is working with PDP to foist a one –party system on the country.