Fresh threat to APC registration, as splinter CPC group cries foul

All Progressives Congress

A faction of CPC accuses Buhari group of planning to bribe INEC.

A fresh threat to the registration of the All Progressives Congress, APC, emerged on Friday as a faction of the Congress for Progressives Change, CPC, one of the opposition parties in the merger deal, alleged a plot by two members of Tony Momoh-led faction to connive with officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to undermine the provisions of the Electoral Act.

Dennis Aghanya, former CPC National Publicity Secretary, who now occupies the same position in the Rufai Hanga-led faction of the party, said in a statement that two former ministers in the Momoh-led executive of the party have concluded plans with two top officials of the electoral body to circumvent the stipulation of the Act concerning the return of the original certificate of the party.

The CPC is currently in merger talks with four other opposition parties, namely Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN; All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP; Democratic Peoples Party, DPP and; a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA. They have since applied to INEC for registration.

However, the Hanga faction, which is not in the merger deal, having broken away before it began, claims to be in possession of the original certificate of the party- a situation that may jeopardize the registration of the merging APC.

Section 84 (5) of the Electoral Act says, “Where the request for the proposed merger is approved, the Commission shall withdraw and cancel the certificates of registration of all the political parties opting for the merger and substitute a single certificate of registration in the name of the party resulting from the merger.”

Although, the Momoh-led CPC backed by its former presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, has since sworn to an affidavit in court that the party’s certificate is missing, Mr. Aghanya, whose faction is in court challenging the emergence of the executive of the group, alleged that the two members of the other faction have doled out sums of money to the INEC officials to manipulate the process of the registration of APC.

“It has come to our knowledge that two former ministers in the Tony Momoh camp who are also at the forefront of the APC merger arrangement have concluded plans with one or two top officials of INEC to circumvent the stipulation of the electoral act concerning returning the original CPC certificate before joining the merger,” he said.

“According to our source from INEC, the former ministers have doled out huge sums of money to the affected INEC staffs who in turn promised them that they would ensure that the issue of who is in possession of the original registration certificate of CPC would be manipulated as if INEC is not aware that the Hanga CPC faction is in existence nor that there is any existing court cases pertaining to the national leadership of the CPC.”

The factional spokesman called on the security agencies to watch closely the activities of the INEC officials in order to abort their plan, insisting that the Commission “must be seen to be upright at all times.”

Mr. Aghanya noted that though the formation of APC is aimed at creating a sincere platform to wrest power from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, it (APC) may be contradicting itself by allowing some supposed men of honour to manipulate facts known to the public.

He pointed out that there will be no need to blame PDP if facts are distorted by people who, according to him, see themselves as colossus.

Mr. Aghanya said his faction of CPC has unshakeable faith in INEC Chairman, Attahiru Jega, adding, “We sincerely wish to advice him to watch the activities of his lieutenants very closely, especially as the polity is now heating up. We are resolved to follow up the unresolved issues of who are the authentic national leadership of the CPC up to the Supreme Court. If at all the CPC has the need to go into any form of merger or other forms of negotiation, the Sen Hanga led NEC remains the authentic leadership of the party to do so.”

CPC under-represented in merger talks

Mr. Aghanya also expressed dissatisfaction with the representation of the Momoh-led faction in APC, saying the party has not benefitted much as expected.

He said, “From the bargaining position of those who have represented the Tony Momoh group at the merger talk and the subsequent sharing of interim leadership positions, it is clear that the interest of the CPC followership is not properly represented and protected.

“The moment a group is not holding the National Chairman, Secretary or BOT Chairmanship position in such an amalgamated arrangement, it has lost out. While it may get the Presidential ticket, what is the guarantee that other members of the group at various levels can also actualize their political dream? This is politics and it is driven by personal interest.”

The spokesman of the INEC recognised CPC, Rotimi Fashakin, has however dismissed Mr. Aghanya’s claims.

“The most ludicrous thing in this razzmatazz is the way Dennis Aghanya has advertised his ignorance in the public domain. If he and his co-travelers in the perfidious endeavor of illegality clutching to a property of CPC think they will have any modicum of recognition, the law is not looking at the submission of the original copy as sine qua non to registration.

“All the submission and actions of CPC so far as pertaining to the merger are known to the law. The law equally recognizes the Tony Momoh-led Exco as legitimate to make all the transactions on behalf of CPC. So where cometh the empty grandstanding of these impostors? They are best ignored because they constituted themselves as group of losers,” Mr. Fashsakin said.

Also, a representative of CPC in the Merger Committee, Osita Okechukwu, challenged Mr. Aghanya to report the bribery allegation to the police with evidence.

“It is trite law that he who alleges (Mr. Aghanya) has to prove. Methinks he is a hired hand, one of those who want PDP to rule uninterrupted for sixty years whether the party is performing or not,” Mr. Okechukwu said.


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  • Khafilat Adeoye

    It is a well known fact that the original certificate of CPC is not missing. It is in the custody of the Rufai Hanga led faction of CPC. It will amount to a ridicule of our judicial system and national values for anyone to go and swear an affidavit claiming that the certificate is missing.

  • Nemlong Manchok

    @PREMIUM TIMES: Please explain why the comment here by @Mani_Kay is awaiting moderation? Facts are facts!!!!

    • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

      Don’t worry, Friend. the Middle belt will give them a resounding answer.

      • Kurfi

        Who are the middle belt ? Just say it out the christian settlers in the north! North can do with out you guys!

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    Mani Kay wrote:

    OFFICIAL FACE of BUHARI/TINUBU APC (AS SUBMITTED TO INEC)

    National Chairman: Abdulkareem Bisi Akande (Muslim)

    Deputy National Chairman: Aminu Bello Masari (Muslim)

    National Secretary: Tijjani Musa Tumsah (Muslim)

    Deputy National Secretary: Nasir El-Rufai (Muslim)

    National Publicity Secreatary.: Lai Muhammed (Muslim)

    National Treasurer: Sadiya Umar Faruq (Muslim)

    National Financial Secretary: Alhaji Shaibu Musa (Muslim)

    National Youth Leader: Abubakar Lado (Muslim)

    National Legal Adviser: Muiz Banire (Muslim)

    National Deputy Auditor: Bala Jibrin (Muslim)

    Ex-Officio Member: Muniru Muse (Muslim)

    Ex-Officio Member: Alhaji Yemi Sanusi (Muslim)

    All as announced by Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff (Muslim).

    Is it not unconstitutional for INEC to register this ethno-religious party ?

  • Mani_Kay

    2015 & THE PROBLEM OF UNDER AGE VOTERS IN THE NORTHERN MUSLIM HAUSA-FULANI STATES: The other day JEGA was in the news complaining about so called fraudulent and corrupt INEC staff which is nothing but a ploy to enable him continue with the on-going ethnic cleansing in INEC. The real threat to our democracy especially as we appraoch 2015 elections are: Jega’s questionable determination to register Buhari/Tinubu’s APC despite all the irregularities known to all Nigerians including relevant matters already before the courts. Secondly, there is the huge problem of under age voting in the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani States. Statistics from credible international and local organizations indicate that over 55% of the total voters in the Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani States are under-age voters. Buhari’s home State Katsina, Kano, Sokoto, Bauchi and Borno States have as high as 67% under-age voters. It is also on record that over 90% of the under-age voters are ALMAJIRI’S and many of them are not Nigerians. Under-age voting is a criminal offense and a gross violation of Nigeria’s constitution. JEGA must tell us now, how he plans to tackle this problem that contributed to the cause of the violent murder of NYSC members in the 2011 elections.

  • emmanuel

    It is very clear that Nigeria politics is now drawn between Hausa Fulani/Yoruba muslims on one hand and all others on the other hand.

    Let us see how it goes this time.

    PDP please get your leaders to be modest in everything, stop looting our resources and we will give you all the votes.

    We will even vote for the most irresponsible non-muslim as president than have an islamist in. The battle line is drawn.

    In 1992 the likes of Tinubu who were yet to loot into power was yet to have Lagos state major apppintment and offices reserved for only muslims. It is so nauseating in Lagos and that will not continue.

    Oshiomole, Rochas, Mimiko be wise.

    • peter ojo

      old man like u is still acting childish..how could you say such a thing..quote* We will even vote for the most irresponsible non-muslim as president than have an islamist in* ..u are indeed a coward..Let me tell u, I am from south south benin to be precise, I will vote any body the opposition present, even if is Buhari or Mohammed. I am a christian

  • emmanuel

    Not to worry, Nigerians are watching Jega on this affidavit issue

    No to islamic politics in Nigeria, APC is not a credible opposition we are looking for

    Hope non-muslim Nigerians know what we are going through with Boko Haram and the seeming silence of Tinubu, Aregbesola and their Hausa Fulani co-conspirators.

    Wake up Nigeria!

  • uba

    Mani or wateva name u call urself ur comments portray u as a very stupid man.

  • Mani_Kay

    UPDATED: OFFICIAL FACE of BUHARI/TINUBU APC (AS SUBMITTED TO INEC)

    National Chairman: Abdulkareem Bisi Akande (Muslim)

    Deputy National Chairman: Aminu Bello Masari (Muslim)

    National Secretary: Tijjani Musa Tumsah (Muslim)

    Deputy National Secretary: Nasir El-Rufai (Muslim)

    National Publicity Secreatary.: Lai Muhammed (Muslim)

    Deputy National Publicity Secretary: Isa Chul (Muslim)

    National Treasurer: Sadiya Umar Faruq (Muslim)

    National Financial Secretary: Alhaji Shaibu Musa (Muslim)

    National Youth Leader: Abubakar Lado (Muslim)

    National Legal Adviser: Muiz Banire (Muslim)

    National Deputy Auditor: Bala Jibrin (Muslim)

    National Vice Chairman, North East: Umar Duhu (Muslim)

    National National Vice Chairman, North West: Salisu fagge (Muslim)

    National Vice Chairman, North Central: Ahmed Abdullahi Aboki (Muslim)

    Zonal Chairman, North West: Senator Sule Garo (Muslim)

    Zonal Chairman, South West: Yemi Sani (Muslim)

    Ex-Officio Member: Muniru Muse (Muslim)

    Ex-Officio Member: Alhaji Yemi Sanusi (Muslim)

    National Women Leader: Sharia Ikeazor (Muslim Convert; Born and Raised in the North)

    All as announced by Alhaji Ali Modu Sheriff (Muslim).

    Note: No Northern Christian was picked as National Vice Chairman or Zonal Chairman;why?

    Is it not unconstitutional for INEC to register this ethno-religious party?

    NB: This update is necessary in order to answer frivolous allegations that some names were deliberately omitted. Yes, I had omitted the names of persons like Tom Ikimi, Anyim Nyerere and Otunba Niyi Adebayo who were appointed National Vice Chairman for South-South, South East and South West respectively and Senator Annie Okonkwo who was appointed Deputy National Chairman South. The reason is because these positions must of necessity go to persons who are indigenes of the respective geo-political zone. They are really not what I call day-to-day executive and functional positions; they are completely peripheral. Furthermore, it is instructive to note that none of these persons genuinely profess and practice Christianity; of a truth they are nothing but masked Muslim Converts.