National convention

PDP mocks APC over INEC’s disapproval of National Convention, NEC

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has mocked the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the disapproval of its national convention scheduled for March 26, 2022.

Recall that the the electoral agency rejected the APC’s invitation to attend its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting scheduled for Thursday next week.

The INEC also rejected Governor Sani Bello of Niger State as interim president of the APC, stressing that he only recognizes the governor Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State as the bona fide chairman of the party.

In a statement signed Friday by his spokesperson, Debo Ologunagbathe PDP said that the disapproval of the national convention of the APC shows that it does not have the legitimacy and the statutory conditions to participate in the general elections of 2023.

The PDP added that the INEC action indicates that the APC did not give the required 21 days notice for its convention, adding that the ruling party is gone.

The statement said in part: “This decision by the INEC is therefore another unmistakable “red flag” for potential contenders on the APC’s platform in the 2023 general election that the APC has lapsed and cannot validly, legally and constitutionally present candidates for the 2023 general elections.

“Our Party draws attention to the serious significance of the INEC letter to the APC, dated March 9, 2022, that the APC NEC meeting scheduled for Thursday, March 17, 2022 will not will not be recognized by the Commission due to an invalid opinion; a development that will invalidate any decision made at this meeting.

“Furthermore, INEC’s reference to the APC’s failure to give the required 21-day notice for its national convention confirms the invalidity and unconstitutionality of any national convention conducted by the planning committee of illegal interim/extraordinary convention (CECPC) of the APC.

“As things stand, regardless of the bold escape excuses, the Sword of Damocles precariously hangs on the status of the craft called CECPC and the APC itself. This signals an existential threat for the soulless, precipice-bound group of suitors posing as a political party.

“The PDP had previously advised Nigerians, especially future aspirants on the APC platform, that the APC had become legally non-operational when on 8th December 2020 it dissolved its national, state and local structures and entrusted his business to an illegal body.

“Furthermore, the PDP informs these wannabes that the widespread and intractable infighting for the soul of the defunct APC by fierce ‘political warlords’ is not for electoral purposes but in desperation for control of the structures of the APC as bases for further plunder of public funds before and during the elections.

“The PDP calls on Nigerians to note that the APC, through its actions, has begun an inevitable descent into self-inflicted political extinction.

“We call on Nigerians to remain vigilant and hopeful as our party takes decisive steps to democratically assume power in 2023 as part of our mission to save and rebuild our nation against the rudderless, vicious APC , ignorant and visionless.”

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