Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) believes that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is suffering from ignorance by saying the leaders of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) should have registered the name with Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) before now.
This was made known in a statement issued in Lagos, on Wednesday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed. The ACN said it was disturbing that the ruling party in Africa’s largest democracy could exhibit such ignorance or mischief, when the legal requirements for a merger are well spelt out in the Electoral Act.
The statement reads in part: “For the avoidance of doubt, the law does not make any provision for any group to reserve a name at INEC, and the legal requirements for a merger do not allow registration until all the stipulated conditions have been met. Applying for registration before the conditions have been met will be like putting the cart before the horse, and would have been illegal and irregular.
“’The only other way that the promoters of the APC could have registered the name before now is to short-circuit the system like the PDP would have done. The ruling party’s modus operandi is lawlessness, underhand dealings and opaque transactions… That is why the fortunes of Nigeria have deteriorated rapidly under their watch.”