PDP mocks APC, says it can’t register party, yet wants to rule Nigeria

President Jonathan and party chiefs at a PDP National Convention

PDP says APC has leaders that are arrogant, thoughtless and visionless.

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in a ridiculing tone, Tuesday, said the newly formed All Progressives Congress, APC, is an illusion and its leaders ‘politically naïve’.

The ruling party lambasted the APC leaders saying they left out something as basic as registering their name and that their APC will not exist, as the acronym has already been taken.

The ruling party described the APC’s publicity as “the hallmark of political naivety, painlessness and a foreboding that the Party will drive Nigeria to socio-political and economic brink should it be entrusted with power”.

The party also chastised the leadership of the new party for failing to “dully reserve or register the proposed name of their party before embarking on bleeping jamboree and propaganda”.

The statement

In a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, the party said the reality on the ground has shown that the leaders of the APC have been grandstanding while “the first chapter of their history was yet to be successfully written”.

“Nigerians are here confronted with an irony! It is an irony of a political party who without adequate planning, without a solid working rhythm, yet wishes to be entrusted to its effete, shaky shoulders, the fate of over One Hundred and Sixty Million Nigerians,” Mr. Metuh said in the statement.

“How can a group who could not conclude the basic as in due registration of its name be able to manage the affairs of Nigeria at this moment of critical challenge.”

The PDP said the parties that formed the APC have displayed their penchant for arrogance and deceit.

It accused members of the new party of lying when it claimed that some PDP governors and National Assembly members were planning to join them.

“How can a politician worth his onions leave a known, formidable and nationwide political party for a disparate and unregistered amalgam?” the party asked. “This false claim is also a window into the minds of the leaders of the coalition. The summary is that they are waiting for decampees from the PDP to build their party, perhaps, register it for them. What an illusion! What a self delusion!”

INEC’s stance

Kayode Idowu, the spokesperson of Attahiru Jega, the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, issued a statement last week stating that a party called the African Peoples Congress, which shares an acronym with the newly formed All Progressives Congress, has applied to INEC for registration; thereby foreclosing the possibility of registering the All Progressives congress.

This greatly angered the opposition with the individual parties that make up the All Progressives Congress threatening brimstone. The party was formed by the merger of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN; All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP; the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC; and a faction of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA. Already, the new party has 11 state governors, second only to the PDP.

A stalwart of the CPC and former minister of the Abuja, Nasir El-Rufai said “Any attempt not to register the APC will attract the anger of the Nigerian people. APC has become a mass movement of people who are fed up with bad governance”.

INEC’s claim, false

Also, the spokesperson of the ACN, Lai Mohammed, Tuesday, issued a statement describing the position of Mr. Idowu as a lie.

Mr. Mohammed said the claim by the electoral body as postulated by Mr. Idowu is not supported by INEC’s laws, as articulated by the relevant sections of the Electoral Act regulating the registration of a political party.

It said the truth of the matter is that no party today with the acronym APC has applied to INEC to be registered, adding that even the phantom African Peoples Congress, APC, which is being sponsored by the PDP to lay claim to the acronym – has only written a letter of intent, which has not even been discussed by INEC, not to talk of the commission taking any decision on it.

“The statement credited to Mr. Idowu is therefore reckless and provocative and clearly betrays INEC as truly having merged with the PDP to frustrate the merger of the progressives under the banner of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC). One wonders who the spokesman is speaking for and what interest he represents. He should therefore be called to order before he sets the country ablaze,” the ACN said.


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  • Okoye

    APC should turn the situation to an advantage by getting the people of Nigeria involved in the registration of the party. Nigerians are very creative. The proposed party should throw the issue of naming the new party to all Nigerians. I assure you that within a week, you will get a name that is better than a stolen name. It will also give a lot of people sence of ownership. We are all tired of this PDP!

  • armrod

    But the fact still remain that the APC paraded by Lai and co travellers have not even written a letter of intent. If you like don’t get your acts together PDP will distract you and drive you to abyss. Keep issuing threat of setting the country ablaze, we already know it the last fuel removal subsidy where every Nigerian is affected did not even set the country ablaze. I only pity the few innocent people that Buhari’s thugs will kill in the north.

  • BabaFapo.

    Hmm,,,,interesting developments Lai Mohammed knows there is no such application but a letter of intent yet he claims INEC merged with PDP..if so how did he get that inside INEC info??? It shows that the so called leaders of “APC” are jokers propagandist instead of realist..SIMPLE NAME REGISTER YOU CAN NOR COMPLETE before una start to dey run mouth…GET YOUR CLUB/PARTY IN ORDER first before you start invoking NIGERIANS to your aide.

  • adams

    what do we expect from President Jonathan who is contemplating giving a common criminal and thief like Alamieyeseigha his former boss presidential pardon? What do you expect from INEC and Jega who is appointed by President Jonathan who oversees corruption in nIgeria? TheProf Jega’s INEC is showing that it is already merging with PDP. I do not think INEC can supervise any credible election in NIgerian anymore as constituted. This is just brazen rape! So PDP is alraady contemplating four more years of Corruption. Shame to PDP. this is beneath contempt. President Jonathan’s PDP cannot even hide their desperation. Nigerian joining civilise world under PDP? Forget it. This is why we must kick this cancer called PDP out.

  • Wolexy

    All i know is NOTHING can stop the merger. The party will not only be registered but will record impressive success in elections and governance.

  • TONY

    PDP IS AT IT AGAIN. WHAT DO WE EXPECT FROM THEM, WHILE THEIR ROBBER STAMP WON RULE 9JA AGAIN

  • olumide

    All T̶̲̥̅̊h̶̲̥̅̊e̶̲̥̅̊ people wishing APC will win should buy hanky becos they will cryout blood I̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ disapointment.

  • Awojobi Olakunle

    But General Buhari said so that PDP,INEC and Security agencies are in merger ,he has been proved right.

  • Mohammed

    Finally, here cometh the merger of all mergers, the African Peoples Congress; the merger between the PDP, the police, NNPC and INEC

    • Goddeysha

      Let see how they will defeat the Nigerian masses at the 2015 poll

  • Babajide

    Welcome the master rigger Tony Annenih, MR. FIX IT. Is this how you and President Jonathan are going to FIX the election with the connivance of INEC? Na wa oooo!

  • Ide4u

    CPC without merger won 25% or more in 16states. With the merger, there’s every likelihood that APC will clinch 24states and Aso Rock. This is the reason why PDP is having sleepless nights and acting desperately to frustrate the merger. A voodoo political party that operates only at might, nothing good will come out of them. Nigeria can never be peaceful with PDP in power. The party is busy creating problems for Nigerians and heating up the polity. Babayo was elected as Chairman but Bamangar Tukur was selected at Abuja, Amaechi was elected chairman NGF, Akpabio was selected at Abuja, No election for chairman BOT, Anenih was selected when most Nigerians were sleeping. How can there be peace in Nigeria when there is no peace in the ruling party?

  • Kolawole

    PDP is a coward!

  • Cjay

    This APC leaders are just noise makers. D couldn’t even see dis coming and d claim d are on ground. In Politics u don’t leave any tin to chance. @ least this shows dem dat d have a big battle come 2015. Its nt done by shouting, its just d brains working. I am still saying it here dat we have not gotten d type of progressive we need. APC and PDP are jst d same people. D likes of PAT Atomi, Dele momodu should get there acts together. We need smarter brains to fix nigeria. I rest my case.