The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) on Tuesday accused both the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of engaging in deceit and manipulation of facts by claiming that the ghost African Peoples Congress (APC) has applied to the commission for registration.
The party said its findings have revealed that the phantom political party with the same abbreviation as APC has not followed due process with regards to the legal provisions for the application of party registration but that it was merely being used as a ploy to subvert the authentic efforts of the opposition coalition to form a merger.
It was gathered on Tuesday that the leaders of the opposition merging parties are already making arrangements to change the name of their party as a fallback option, in the event they fail to secure INEC’s approval for the name of their party – All Progressives Congress (APC).
But in another quick reaction to the ACN and its coalition partners, the PDP Tuesday described the inability of the merging parties to duly register the proposed name of their party before embarking on a jamboree and propaganda as the hallmark of political naivety, lack of planning and a foreboding that the party will drive Nigeria to the socio-economic brink should it be entrusted with power.
In a statement issued by ACN National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in Abuja the party said INEC’s claim as articulated by Mr. Kayode Idowu, spokesman of the commission, was not supported by the relevant sections of the Electoral Act regulating the registration of political parties. It said the truth of the matter is that no party today with the abbreviation APC has applied to INEC to be registered, adding that even the phantom African Peoples Congress, which is being sponsored by the PDP to lay claim to the abbreviation, has only written a letter of intent.
“This has not even been discussed by INEC, not to talk of the commission taking any decision on it. “The statement credited to Mr. Idowu is therefore reckless and provocative and clearly betrays INEC as truly having merged with the PDP to frustrate the merger of the progressives under the banner of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC).