ACN denounces “ethno-religious campaign” against APC

Opposition party says the composition of the interim leadership of the merger is balanced between Christians and Muslims.

The Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, has strongly condemned what it calls a persistent campaign of calumny against the All Progressives Congress (APC), describing the attempt to use “ethno-religious sentiments” to destroy the budding party as a cheap shot that has fallen flat on the faces of the purveyors of falsehood.

In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party however thanked Nigerians for rejecting the attempt, going by their reactions on the social media where the latest campaign, it claimed, is being waged by those who are hell bent on perpetuating mediocre leadership in Nigeria.

The composition of the national leadership of the yet to be registered APC has been alleged to be lopsided in favour of the Islamic faithful with the offices of the interim Chairman, Deputy Chairman, National Secretary, Deputy National Secretary, National Treasurer, National Publicity Secretary and other key positions occupied by Muslims drawn from the parties merging.

The parties are the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, Democratic Peoples Party, DPP, a section of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, and ACN.

”These purveyors of falsehood do not want good governance. That’s why they are peddling the lies that the interim leadership of the APC is controlled by Muslims, and that it did not reflect the country’s plural value,” the party said.

”The truth is that while ethno-religious sentiments did not form the criteria used in selecting the interim leadership, we were conscious that Nigeria is a country of plural values. That is why we have 17 Christians and 18 Muslims (the best balance possible in the odd number of 35 posts that were shared). That is why the 35 occupiers of the positions are from 29 different states, four more than the 25 stipulated by INEC. It was equal opportunity across all zones!”

ACN challenged anyone who doubts the authenticity of the facts and figures quoted above to verify them at INEC, instead of taking to the social media to spread rumours.

The party described the latest attempt to abort the APC baby as the last-ditch effort by those who have mounted similar campaigns against the party in the past, to no avail.

It stressed, “First, they ambushed us by duplicating our acronym, sponsored of course by those who are well known to Nigerians and, when that failed to slow down our momentum, they said the sharing of posts will divide us and ultimately sound our death knell.

“With these moves having failed woefully, they have now played what they considered their most potent joker: the ethno-religious card. Thankfully, this too has failed. Nigerians are so desirous of good governance that they will not allow any play on sentiments to shake their resolve,” it said.

The opposition party said the promoters of the APC are so determined to give Nigeria the good leadership that has eluded the country for so long that they have decided to shelve their differences and make whatever sacrifices that are necessary to achieve their objective.

ACN appealed to all Nigerians who want an end to the rapacious and incompetent leadership currently plaguing their country to continue to disregard the attempts by enemies of progress to sabotage the birth of the APC, in addition to being vigilant in the days ahead, saying: ”After all, it is said that eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.”


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  • 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. I am also aware of inconsequential positions given to Emma Eneukwu, Osita Izunaso and James Ocholi. For instance James Ocholi was appointed Deputy National Legal Adviser. What is the worth of Deputy National Legal Adviser. The person who calls the shots is the National Legal Adviser which in this case is Muiz Banire (a Muslim).

  • 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. I am also aware of inconsequential positions given to Emma Eneukwu, Osita Izunaso and James Ocholi. For instance James Ocholi was appointed Deputy National Legal Adviser. What is the worth of Deputy National Legal Adviser. The person who calls the shots is the National Legal Adviser which in this case is Muiz Banire (a Muslim).

    • Frank

      Mani_kay,what difference those it make?has GEJ government protected Christians in any way?the president even recently denounced Christians living in the north by saying BH has killed more Muslim,Nigerians would not fall for those ethno-religious sentiment this time,present facts on the achievements of this administration,without speculations,Christians or Muslims,Nigerians want go governance,we’ve not had it yet,APC has only brought hope,we pray it becomes what we think,PDP is no long worth any sane man’s trust.

      • Frank

        Mani_kay,what difference those it make?has GEJ government protected Christians in any way?the president even recently denounced Christians living in the north by saying BH has killed more Muslims,Nigerians would not fall for those ethno-religious sentiment this time,present facts on the achievements of this administration,without speculations,Christians or Muslims,Nigerians want good governance,we’ve not had it yet,APC has only brought hope,we pray it becomes what we think,PDP is no long worth any sane man’s trust.

      • Mohammed Haruna

        You are the kind of people nigeria need now my brother, keep it up

        • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

          I know. He is the kind the muslim north needs.

        • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

          You are obviously happy that your views are published while that of other Nigerians are blocked by Premium Times. This country will not be conquered again by hausa Fulani muslims. Frank are all fake names and we know from their previous posts that they hausa Fulani muslims.

    • Mohammed Haruna

      I always feel sorry for people like u

      • Nemlong Manchok

        You should feel sorry for yourself and for Premium Times who are now doing all they can to mask the truthful presentation of facts by @mani_kay. I hope persons visiting this blog will click on the mask above and read the truth they all cannot withstand. Just click on “this comment is awaiting moderation; show comment” above and read their worst nightmare. “Conscience is an open wound; only truth can heal it’ (Sheikh Othman Dan Fodio)

  • Olumide

    There Ȋ̝̊§ no amount δf preaching or defending that will change Nigerians perception that APC Ȋ̝̊§ a musilem party A̶̲̥̅̊₪d̶̲̥̅̊ self seeking power mongers that need power by all means. We Α̲̅я̩̥̊ε̲̣̣̣̥ watching to see Ђδω they will achieve their plans.

  • Truthmaster

    Mani_Kay’s interest in this whole ethno-religious thing is so suspect. He has been running from pillar to post over this issue. This is more than a passing interest. His is his master’s voice that must be drowned out by all people of goodwill – not just for the sake of APC (I guess they can defend themselves) but for our country Nigeria, which must avoid the pitfalls of religion and ethnicity. Playing up these issues never bring good tidings. Just look at Somalia. The Mani_Kays of this world must be told – in clear terms – that good leadership transcends religion and ethnicity and other sentiments.

    • Nemlong Manchok

      Where are all the schools set up by christian missionaries today? Muslims have used political power to take them over and turn around to convert them to Islamic schools. I will personally lead public protest against JEGA if he goes out of his way to register this ethno-religious party called APC.

      • Truthmaster

        I like that. I hope you have the balls to do that, because words are cheap!

      • Efe1

        Your hopeless pastors are replacing them with schools that charge a yearly salary for each term. What a hopeless country. I double dare you to lead the protest! The well meaning people of Nigeria will skin you alive and send your skin back to your paymaster. you will watched you heart beat its last before you die you beast of no nation.

        • Mani_Kay

          Again you are missing the point. The truth is that the Pastors are
          setting up new ones under a different model based on prevailing
          circumstances forced on them by the political dominance of the Northern
          Muslim Hausa-Fulani during the military era.The
          Muslims using their dominating political power under the military deliberately,
          intentionally and cunningly took over all the great schools set up by Christian
          Missionaries and today most of them especially in the North have been
          successful y converted to Islamic schools. It was also the Muslim boys in the
          military that violated the constitution and pushed for Nigeria’s membership of
          OIC. Ukiwe challenged them; you and I know how they quickly kicked him out of
          the military. Do you think they would have achieved all these if they did not
          have dominating political power during the military regime as APC is now trying
          to do under our civilian democracy. Shine your eyes!!!

          • Efe1

            You are full of rubbish

          • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

            truth hurts

      • Frank

        Name 1 school with an address that was converted,I’m blessed with an unbiased mind and would report back the truth on confirmation,always remember that both the pursuer and the pursued end up sweating,a word is enough for the wise,Nigeria must remain united.

  • Nemlong Manchok

    @Premium Times please be informed that now it is clear that @MANI_KAYS list titled “THE OFFICIAL FACE OF BUHARI/ TINUBU APC (AS SUBMITTED TO INEC) is your worst nightmare we have decided to send the list worldwide via email circulation. So you need not bother yourselves trying to mask it. It is already in the public domain.

    • Truthmaster

      Nemlong, is it now time for threats after you and your cohorts have failed to divide Nigeria along religious and ethnic lines? Are you not shocked that Nigerians have repudiated your dirty politics? Why elevate religious and ethnic issues over competence and vision? Please get off this forum so we can debate serious issues.

      • Nemlong Manchok

        We have made sure that those who need the information have them and we are in no doubt that they understand the critical nature of the information and what is at stake.

        • Efe1

          And what is the importance of the useless information?

          • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

            Nigerians deserve to see all the information available so they can make informed choice. APC is a muslim party.

          • Frank

            And so? You’ll lose more in causing chaos in this country,I understand how frustrated you might be,probably because an APC state ended your okada trade,but also have conscience and remember the innocent souls you led o their untimely demise,Abiola and Kingibe’s SDP ticket was an all Muslim ticket,did more Christians not voted for them in an election adjudged to have been the freest and fairest?where your fathers foolish to have looked beyond religious lines?I would never join in the foray of abuses going on in this forum,my advice is what ever we do,let’s remember today is yesterday’s tomorrow,those attacking APC has failed tell us why we should continue o support PDP.

          • Efe1

            And what is wrong with that if they will provide the good governance that we so desire in this country? Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Malaysia and most of Europe are not Christian countries! You relationship with God is not about Muslim or Christian it is about relationship with God. We can see what the Christian govt is doing right now! Delta state is all Christian govt, yet we did not see any benefit. The religion is almost insignificant. My friend stop this foolish line you are trending. Religion when looked at in this manner is the biggest source of our problem. I don’t care if the whole cabinet is Muslim or Christian, what I care about is result.

    • Efe1

      Why did he not list all the 35 names submitted?

      • Mani_Kay

        I have listed all the key and important positions and they are all
        assigned to Muslims. Embarrased by the publication of this list, APC
        went to media dubiously claiming that 17 Christians were assigned
        positions. I challenge APC to publish the names of the so called 17
        Christians and the positions assigned to them since as far as I know and
        would like to say it again, I have listed all the key and important
        positions and all of them are assigned to Muslims. My point in all this
        is that INEC will be doing a great disservice to Nigeria if they proceed
        to register this clearly ethno-religious party contrary to
        constitutional stipulations.

  • emmanuel

    The game of lies and deceit is so sweet with hypocrites. Tinubu may be as close to Aliko Dangote in wealth today for no known source of funds to build his business empire.

    Nigeria van be fooled for too long.

    PT, imagine the Iyaloja’s story yesterday and the Otuoke hospitall of today, it shows how debased journalism has become.

    You even call the president of your country so many unprintable names. Meanwhile in your religion you believe that power belongs to God and gives it to whom he wills. Is this only applicale if the tide favours you and your ilks?

    A woman who returned from the USA last night acknowledge the significant improvement in our gate way – MMA. Is the feat derived from the Eko ni baje with Lagos that is nolonger working while Fashola is working?

    Make una leave mata. It is dangerous to remove power from a fraudulent lot, while handing it over to fraudulent few, with religious extreemism as embelishment. Nigerians shine your eyes!

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    Mani Kay wrote:

    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. I am also aware of inconsequential positions given to Emma Eneukwu, Osita Izunaso and James Ocholi. For instance James Ocholi was appointed Deputy National Legal Adviser. What is the worth of Deputy National Legal Adviser. The person who calls the shots is the National Legal Adviser which in this case is Muiz Banire (a Muslim).

  • Mpitikwelu_na_Ugwu_Awusa

    Where are the names of the 17 Christians?