NIGERIA: No ‘presidential directive’ can stop merger of progressive parties – ACN

The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN)The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has warned that no presidential directive or executive order can stop the coming together of progressive forces in the country to democratically take power from the do-nothing PDP in 2015.

”No force on earth has ever been able to stop an idea which time has come, which is what the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) represents. It is therefore futile for anyone to embark on such an impossible task,” the party said in a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.

”Nigerians are yearning for change. Therefore targetting our leaders won’t help the disappearing behemoth, whose so-called reconciliation efforts have even worsened its plight.
Needless to say that every attempt or attack on perceived political opponents by the government and it apparatchiks will be revealed, contested and resisted.

”The leaders of APC know what they are up against and are mindful that the battle ahead may be rough and difficult, yet they are irrevocably committed to establishing a party that will sound the death knell of the bumbling PDP and bring development to Nigeria,” it said.

ACN said it is aware, all along, that all the attempts to derail the registration of the APC, by some impostors who have been loaded down with dirty funds by their ‘ogas at the top’, were masterminded from the seat of power and the highest echelon of the PDP, by those who have totally abandoned governance for dirty politics, even though there are almost two years to go
before the next elections.

It described as an eye-opener but not a surprise the report carried by a national newspaper on Tuesday, April 2nd, that a presidential directive, dated March 26th, 2013, has been issued by the presidency for everything to be done to
frustrate the merger of opposition parties.

ACN recalled that in a statement it issued on Jan. 8th 2013, it alerted the nation to the desperate measures being planned by the PDP-led federal government to discredit and silence key opposition leaders, especially ACN leader Asiwaju
Bola Tinubu and his CPC counterpart, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, as well as
their political associates.

”The report by the national newspaper confirms what we already knew, including the sinister plan to stop Tinubu ahead of the 2015 elections. We will like to add that part of this plan is to hurt his business interests, scare off most of his business partners and political associates, try to pin some activities of BokoHaram on him and generally go after the leading figures including governors in the APC initiative.

”But there is also another plan, which is to ensure that elections either do not hold in 2015 or that they will hold under curfew. To achieve this, those who have now succumbed to a mortal fear of the APC are stoking the fire of violence across the country, either through incompetent handling of existing crisis or
by instigating fresh ones. With the North-east and the North-west in the throes of violence, the South-west is their next target in this regard, and we will reveal the full details of their shenanigans in due course,” the party said.

ACN warned, however, that do-or-die politics or violence for whatever
reason will not spare anyone, include the instigators, just as constricting the democratic space will eventually stifle democracy.

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