Party registration: APC replies PDP

APC accuses PDP of trying to sabotage its membership registration.

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of sponsoring the sabotage of its ongoing membership registration across Nigeria while rushing to the media to condemn the process.

APC described the ruling party as a cog in the wheel of democracy.

The PDP spokesperson had addressed a press conference on Friday where he claimed that the APC was inflating its membership figure in its registration exercise with a view to unleashing violence if it failed to win the 2015 election.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the APC said since one of the ways to truncate democracy was by stifling popular participation, the PDP as a party stood accused of working to truncate Nigeria’s democracy by its campaign of lies against the APC membership registration.

Mr. Mohammed stated that his party was giving as many Nigerians as possible a chance to be part of their country’s constitutional democracy. He said the only reason the PDP called a hurried press conference to spew out lies on another party’s membership registration exercise was because the ruling party had seen the handwriting on the wall; and was consequently jittery.

”The PDP is wrong about its claim that the APC is engaging in phantom registration. The party should know that while anyone can manufacture numbers, no one can manufacture human beings. Therefore, in the fullness of time, any party that gives a fake number of its membership will get its comeuppance.

“The truth is that within the first three days of our registration exercise, we had met and exceeded the target we set for ourselves. Nigerians have flocked to our party, which they have come to see more as a mass movement than just a political party. This explains why we have extended the registration period by two days. The PDP is aware of the widespread acceptability of the APC and has started quivering,” APC said

The party said instead of splitting hairs over the APC registration exercise, the PDP should launch its own membership drive if it wanted to know what Nigerians thought of it.

Stop sabotaging registration exercise

The APC also asked the PDP to stop trying to sabotage its membership registration by sponsoring attacks on registration officials and hijacking registration materials in Abia and Rivers, bribing some fifth columnists to sabotage the process in Delta, and burning down its secretariat in Gombe

The party denied getting any assistance whatsoever from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, or using any material obtained from the commission.

”Except of course if the public spaces we are using for the registration are now being seen by the PDP as INEC’s property,” the party said.

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