Association says INEC has been hobnobbing with the merger parties.
The African Peoples Congress, whose application for registration as a political party was turned down by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has accused the Commission’s chairman, Attahiru Jega, of plotting to derail Nigeria’s democracy through his alleged romance with the All Progressives Congress.
The association lamented that even though INEC is aware of its court case seeking to challenge its non-registration, the Commission has been hobnobbing with its rival with a view to granting it registration this Friday.
It alleged that officials of the electoral body and those of the All Progressives Congress, which is a proposed merger of five political parties, met behind closed- doors late last month to plot the approval of the merger while it has been deploying its staffers to private assignments of the merger parties.
The All Progressives Congress is the proposed merger of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN; Congress for Progressive Change, CPC; All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP; Democratic Peoples Party, DPP; and a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.
Although the merger was announced in February, it did not submit request for registration until June 7. Before then, it had engaged in a war of acronym with the African peoples Congress, whose application for registration was rejected by INEC about three months ago.
“The attention of the African Peoples Congress (APC) has been drawn to the plot by the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which from indications has effectively aligned with the Merging parties, All Progressive Congress, to plunge Nigeria’s democratic process into chaos,” the association alleged yesterday after its National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting in Abuja.
The statement signed by the National Legal Adviser of the African Progressives Congress, Kingsley Nnadi, who is also a governorship aspirant of the association in Anambra State, stated further,
“In the absence of reason or rationale to justify the actions of the leadership of INEC, we are compelled to state that Professor Attahiru Jega is playing an ethnic card with consideration to his close relationship with General Mohammadu Buhari and benevolent linkages to Bourdillon Street, Lagos. And there can only be one end to this lawless scenario, which is political chaos,” the group said.
The group said the decision of the commission to visit the proposed headquarters of the merger APC at Wuse on Tuesday “is part of the secret deal to ignore the rule of law and fast tract the registration of the merger APC to outsmart the Court and the decision the court will arrive at,” noting that “the promoters of these naked dance of shame has agreed that before this Friday INEC will issue the merger APC a certificate of registration.”
It warned, “Let it be noted that African People’s Congress APC has all it takes to fight this battle till the end, we will continue our legal battle up to Supreme Court not minding if Jega issues the proposed illegal certificate of registration to the merger APC.”
Kayode Idowu, spokesman of the INEC Chairman, declines comment saying the matter is in court.
“INEC does not comment on matters in court because we are law-abiding. The matter is in court,” Mr. Idowu said of the African Peoples Congress.
Also spokesman-designate of the All Progressives Congress, Lai Mohammed said he could not speak because he was attending a meeting at the time PREMIUM TIMES called.
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