The All Progressives Congress (APC) has INEC for its slow reaction and little efforts toward sanctioning campaigns carried out by the People’Democratic Party (PDP)
The statement which was issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed said that INEC’s late reactin can only be taken as been hypocritical having allowed President Jonathan massive campaigns all over the country.
”Is it a ploy by INEC to give undue advantage to the PDP and its adopted sole presidential candidate, President Jonathan, in next year’s elections?” it queried
APC wondered where INEC was when the so-called Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) was organizing noisy rallies across the country, attended by government officials and designed to benefit President Jonathan and his party, the PDP
The party also expressed shock that INEC has been in a deep slumber since the so-called Protectors of Nigeria’s Posterity have been running adverts on television solely for the benefit of President Jonathan in next year’s elections.
”When did INEC become aware that these actions are illegal, considering that Section 221 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, which INEC quoted in its warning letter, says ‘no association, other than a political party, shall canvas for votes for any candidate at any election or contribute to the funds of any political party or to the election expenses of any political candidate at an election’,” it queried.
”Our party, joined by well-meaning Nigerians, had publicly alerted INEC to these campaigns and the fact those behind them are breaking the law, but INEC merely responded with some unbelievable sophistry. Now that those illegal campaigns have run for several months, INEC suddenly awoke from its slumber to issue a warning on illegal campaign.
”This is unbecoming of an election umpire that expects to be taken seriously, an umpire that is expected not only to be fair but to be seen as such, and one that knows its onions. This caution by INEC is coming too little, too late,” APC said