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ACPN Threatens to Sue PDP, TAN over Jonathan Rallies

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IMAGE: Alhaji Olusola Saraki, Founder of ACPN »


One of the opposition political parties in the country, Allied Congress of Nigeria (ACPN), has said it may be constrained to take legal action to stop the nation-wide campaign  for President Goodluck Jonathan by the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN).

The party founded by the late politician, Alhaji Olusola Saraki,  met yesterday in Abuja to deliberate on the developments in the Nigerian polity, especially its participation in the elections being organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), and the excessive deployment of security forces during elections.

Addressing journalists shortly after the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, the party’s acting National Chairman, Ganiyu Galadima, said the issue of early campaigns and donations to political parties had become very critical as the 2015 general election draws nearer.

He said despite the restriction order contained in Section 221 of the Electoral Act, TAN had with the tacit support of the leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) continued to embark on public campaigns for the re-election bid of President Goodluck Jonathan.

“We are calling on President Jonathan to do something about this ugly situation before it is too late. Other parties are worried at the development where an association, TAN, has gone ahead to stage campaigns for the president, without regard for laid down rules. This flagrant abuse of the constitution must stop. The only option left for us if  the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) fails to act, is to go to court to halt this abuse by TAN,” he said.
According to Galadima, what has become even more worrisome to the party is not just the indirect or subtle campaign but the flagrant violations of the country’s laws by the excessive funding of a third party towards the re-election bid of the president.

He challenged TAN to make public, the source of the huge campaign budget being expended  in organising the zonal rallies.

Under the Electoral Act, Section 91, the highest amount an individual or organisation is permitted to donate to a political party or presidential candidate is N1 million.

However, the ACPN acting National Chairman, said the party was worried at the role being played by a third party campaigner, TAN which has been campaigning across the country, in fragrant abuse of the prohibition of early campaigns.

“You will agree with me that TAN spends millions of naira daily and dominates the airtime  to campaign for the re-election bid of President Jonathan.

“Are the people behind TAN above the law? If the PDP does not permit TAN to go about campaigning for the president, they would have done something about it. This is a challenge for the INEC. We also implore the National Assembly to as a matter of urgency, include in the amendment to the Electoral Act a provision to regulate the activities and funding of third party campaign in the country,” he said.

He said the parties are going to table the issue before the intra party advisory council to see what can be done to arrest the trend, adding that if every other party were allowed to join the fray, there will be chaos and break down of law and order in the country.

While condemning the heavy deployment of the military during elections, ACPN alleged that security men were being mostly used to harass or molest members of the opposition.

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

Updated 4 Years ago

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