Early Campaign: APC calls on INEC to penalise Jonathan, PDP

The All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to assert its authority by sanctioning President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for breaching the Electoral Act. The party, in a statement by its interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, chastised the president and his party for embarking on a campaign for the 2015 general election in violation of the electoral law. Jonathan has in recent months embarked on seemingly campaign tours of some geopolitical zones, during which he had excoriated the opposition party, albeit indirectly, in his speeches. So far, the president, out of the six geopolitical zones in the country, has taken his campaigns to the North-central, North-west, North-east and the latest port of call being the South-east which he visited on Friday with a pledge that the PDP would capture all states in the zone in 2015. Jonathan’s statement at the rally in Enugu, tagged ‘Unity Rally’, has however earned him a rebuke from the APC leadership in the South-east zone which yesterday described him as someone desperate to get re-elected in 2015 “by hook or crook”.

The APC further expressed disappointment that the president, who should be in the forefront of ensuring strict observance to the rule of law, has engaged in a serial violation of the electoral law, under the guise of liberation, family or unity rallies across the country. The party called on INEC to assert its independence, if it has any, by sanctioning the lawbreakers since no one is above the law.



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