PDP’s alleged attempt to sabotage opposition merger may cost Nigeria’ democracy, ACN says
The Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN has warned that the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s alleged role in the “APC” name scandal is capable truncating Nigeria’s 13 year-old democracy.
The ACN hinged its position on what it described as PDP’s desperation to retain power at all cost, judging by the party’s glaring involvement in the ongoing efforts to sabotage the merger of the opposition parties.
PDP has denied it is involved in the setting up of a parallel party that seeks to be registered under the “APC” acronym, already adopted by the four opposition parties.
PDP accused the opposition of stirring the crisis to win sympathy and popularity, an allegation the ACN dismissed as “warped logic at its crudest” that “insults” Nigerians.
ACN compared the negative prospects of the rival APC-African Peoples Congress, with the 1993 hurriedly-cobbled organization, The Association for Better Nigeria, ABN, by maverick politician, Authur Nzeribe, which became a handy tool for truncating that year’s presidential elections by the military regime of Ibrahim Babangida.
”What started as a mere game of political desperation in 1993 was to set Nigeria back by many decades, and the country is still reeling from the effects of that single act of high treason, sabotage and subterfuge,” the party said in a statement on Sunday.
“Sadly, 20 years on, it now seems that our country has learnt no lessons from what the ABN did, as we are back to another desperate times, with the PDP sponsoring some scumbags to stifle the growth of the country’s democracy.”
The statement, issued on Sunday by ACN National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, said all lovers of democracy within and outside Nigeria should join in the efforts to stop the PDP and its cohorts from truncating the nation’s democracy.
”Having misgoverned Nigeria since the country’s return to democratic rule in 1999, the PDP – realizing that its time is up – has now resorted to a dangerous game aimed at either keeping the party in power at all costs or crashing the country’s democracy,” the party said.
“This is a dangerous game that must be stopped, with the good people of Nigeria, not just the progressives, leading the charge.”
ACN said there was no doubt, going by the revelations on the efforts to scuttle the registration of the real APC-All Progressives Congress, and the reaction of Nigerians at home and in the Diaspora, that the PDP has finally driven the final nail its own coffin.
”The revelations have been mind-boggling: A well-known PDP hatchet man and a card-carrying member of the party hired the apparently-naive lawyer who filed the phantom APC’s registration request at INEC; An apparent card-carrying member of the PDP working in INEC is the internal contact of the saboteurs; The email addresses used by the phantom APC were culled from that of PDP’s publicity office, while the scallywags who have now donned the garb of ABN-under the African Peoples Congress- made sure to copy their emails to their masters at
”Equally mind-boggling is how the phantom APC, backed by its contact person in INEC, short-circuited the process of seeking registration by using computer-generated forms and fake signatures, among others,” it said.