Jonathan flouting campaign rules - APC
The All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday asked the Independent national Electoral Commission (INEC) to sanction the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for flouting the nation’s electoral laws by engaging in campaigns before the time allowed by the laws governing elections in the country.
APC described PDP’s recent activities like liberation, family or unity rallies across the country, as a guise to begin early campaigns which they say is contrary to the nation’s laws.
In a statement issued in London on Sunday by its interim national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said President Goodluck Jonathan has exhibited gross abuse of executive power by leading his party to prematurely kick-start the campaign for the 2015 elections.
It called on INEC to assert its independence, by sanctioning the PDP saying no one is above the law.
The party warned that if INEC fails to act, then it will lose the moral authority to stop other parties from campaigning ahead of time.
“Hiding under nomenclature, this President has led his party to engage in brazen lawlessness and shameless impunity. They have gained an undue advantage over other parties, or beaten the gun, in athletics parlance. Therefore, they should suffer the consequences of their action, the least of which is a strong public rebuke, to be followed by stipulated sanctions if they persist.
“We know the President’s conniving handlers and advisers do not appreciate that a higher standard of conduct is expected of the President of Nigeria, through his statements, actions and body language. Unfortunately, everything points to the fact that the President, by his serial violation, is telling Nigerians and the whole world loud and clear that the coming elections will neither be free, fair nor credible!’’ APC said.
The party said when President Jonathan boasted on Friday, at a rally in Enugu that the PDP would capture the SouthEast in 2015, he was engaging in electioneering, rather than reunification, campaign and advised President Jonathan to concentrate his energy on putting Nigerians back to work, ensuring the security of lives and property and stopping the massive looting of the common wealth under his watch.
“A President who cannot even commiserate with the families of innocent school children who were violently hacked down under his watch has no qualms about skirting around the scene of the dastardly act in the name of electioneering campaign. Yet he has the temerity to point accusing fingers at others. What a cruel irony!’’ the party said.