CNPP Salutes INEC’s Rejection of Controversial ‘APC’

Jega 600Conference of Nigerian Political Parties ,CNPP has  saluted INEC for serving the of justice and defending the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, by rejecting the of Africa Peoples Congress for irregularities in their application.

Osita Okechukwu,spokesman for said CNPP  said “We ‘ve always known that African Peoples Congress was born  out of mischief sustain the one party state foisted at variance the Constitution Peoples Democratic Party {PDP}.

“As of the day – 28 February when their lawyer- Legal World Chamber wrote INEC, the sponsor of the legal team, Ikenga Ugochinyere and his father, M.O. Ikeagwuonu, the protem of African Peoples Congress were bona fide members of the Peoples Democratic Party.

Okechukwu  concluded that “it could have been a paradox for INEC after deregistration (of) more grounded political parties go ahead register mischief makers and opportunists.”

Reports on Monday said INEC had written to the controversial APC rejecting their application for the association failed to meet the constitutional requirements for of a political party.

Curiously, even before INEC’s decision was made ‘APC’  got wind of it and protested in a .Chief Onyinye Ikeagwuonu, the protem of the APC ,  in a claimed that  he had reliable information  from INEC that the commission had prepared a letter  denying  APC  .

He unveiled the the unsigned letter  on INEC’s letter-headed paper dated 21st March, 2013, INEC/DPPM&L/APC/490/V.1/76.It was  addressed to Ikeagwuonu titled:  “Re-Application for Registration as a political party, alleged that African Peoples Congress breached Section 222 (a) of the Nigeria Constitution.

The INEC letter said :Your application for registration as a political party dated 28th February, 2013 refers. The Commission has observed that your association is in breach of Section 222 (a) of the Constitution of the Federal republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) which stipulates as follows:

“No association by whatever name called shall function as a political party unless; the names and addresses of its national officers are registered the Independent National Electoral Commission;. A observation of your submitted form PA 1 established that it does not contain the addresses of your national officers as stipulated in the provisions above.

“Consequently, the commission shall not register the proposed African Peoples Congress (APC) as a political party.”

But ‘APC’ is crying fowl ,saying he  would not fold its arms   over this latest development.

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