The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has again cautioned Nigerians and all intending aspirants that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is defunct and not eligible to contest the 2023 elections.
PDP insisted that APC is legally defunct, structurally crippled and no longer a legitimate and valid vehicle to field candidates for elections under Nigeria’s extant laws.
The opposition party claimed that the unilateral dismissal and replacement of Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, with his Niger State counterpart, Abubakar Sani Bello, by President Muhammadu Buhari as Chairman of APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) confirmed that the CECPC is an illegal creation that lacks statutory powers, authority and legitimacy of party leadership.
PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Debo Ologunagba, said the President’s action confirmed that the APC is not a political party under Nigerian laws but a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) which became legally nonoperational when on December 8, 2020, it dissolved its national, state as well as local government structures.
The party added that the APC has handed its affairs over to a team of “political undertakers” known as the CECPC.
The statement partly read “With the absence of a National Working Committee (NWC), National Executive Committee (NEC), a Board of Trustees (BoT) or legitimate structures in the States, the APC is plagued by confusion and fierce infighting by its various warlords with two National Chairmen, multiple factions in the States and a national secretariat now taken over by security agencies.
“This further validates PDP’s sustained position that the APC is just a bunch of strange bedfellows and inchoate sailors clobbered together for remote personal gains and not for governance and the public good.
“Moreover, by virtue of Section 183 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) which bars a sitting governor from holding “any other executive office in any capacity whatsoever” while serving as a State Governor, the APC’s CECPC whether headed by Governor Buni or Governor Bello remains constitutionally invalid”.
It urged all intending aspirants on the platform of the APC to note that the CECPC has no statutory authority under the law and that any State Congress or National Convention conducted by it to produce any party leadership at any level remains invalid and unrecognized by law.
PDP also added that governorship, State Assembly, National Assembly as well as Presidential Primary election conducted by “any leadership produced by the Illegal CECPi can only produce invalid candidates just like in the case of Zamfara and Rivers States in the 2019 general elections where the APC had invalid candidates due to defective primaries”.
The major opposition party charged aspirants intending to contest in the 2023 general elections under the APC as well as their supporters to read the handwriting on the wall and not waste their resources, time and energy in the APC.
PDP urged Nigerians not to be distracted by the turmoil in the APC but to remain focused on its platform to take appropriate steps and actions in a mission to rescue and rebuild the nation.