… As Fashola urges INEC to play role of unbiased umpire


As the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) yesterday held its last national convention in Lagos to pave way for merger with other parties, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to play the role of an unbiased umpire in the merger.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) is formed by the merger of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), led by former head of state, General Muhammad Buhari (retd); All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), led by the first civilian governor of Abia State, Chief Ogbonnaya Onu; Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), led by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and a faction of All Progressive Peoples Alliance (APGA), led by the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha.

In his remarks, Governor Fashola said playing the role of a true and unbiased umpire in the merger plan would not only be in the interest of the commission to clear itself of any prejudice but also in the national interest as a result of the benefits that would accrue from a successful merger of the parties.

The governor, who recalled that at the start of discussions about the merger of the parties, there was a posting on the website which insinuated that the ruling party was colluding with INEC to frustrate the plan, said it would be in the interest of the commission to prove that the insinuation was untrue.

According to the governor, “when the discussions about this merger started, there was an interesting posting on the website that while ANPP, ACN, CPC and APGA-APGA were merging, the ruling party was trying to merge with the umpire. As insignificant as it seems, it is a serious issue.”

To the officials of INEC, who were at the convention to witness the proceedings, Governor Fashola declared, “to them I say that they have a duty now to rise above board like Caesar’s wife and dispel that role. It is in their interest and in the national interest to show that they are true and unbiased umpires; to show that a merger is possible and to do everything by way of official and legitimate support to ensure that this merger is delivered.”

On the plans of the ruling party for the next elections, Governor Fashola said: “We are beginning to hear from the ruling party the number of states that they are going to win even before the dates for the next elections have been fixed. I say that the most successful football club in the world does not know how many goals it will score against it weakest opponent unless it has reached an agreement with the referee.

“As if that was not bad enough, we are already hearing also from them that they will go back to do what they always know how to do best,” Fashola said adding, however, “but this time, it will not happen.”

He assured that in 2015, APC would provide “real test of choice for the mythical powers of the ruling party expressed by the sovereign will of the Nigerian people,” adding, “there is a vehicle of choice, the All Progressives Congress of Nigeria, let the people of Nigeria come and decide, which choice, which vehicle, which programmes best articulate their hopes and aspirations. I believe that the APC will provide that choice.”

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  1. Shagaria and his Family are always in Horst Schmidt Klink in Wiesbaden,Germany for better medical care,IBB wife died in US hospital,Yaradua died in Germany Hospital and recently,Kano God was flown to london after been attacked.
    Why Sharia,why OIC.and Why Boko Haram.

    Sincerely speaking,i have nothing against islam,having been one before,but iam against their idear of human deverlopement..

    • What idea of human development that Islam proposes that you are against. You should have just mentioned it so that we can clear your doubts.
      If only you knew the inductions and teachings of Islam very well, you wouldn’t have caste the Gold and Diamond you had away for ordinary pebbles made from ingenious rock.

  2. Our action Governor pls dont let this evil men use you, I have seen Tinubu and his boy fashola, Ribado and his oga buhari. This people are the cost of our denial in the society today. We can never work with them again! remember we are the once going to do the voting, so if you did not dance on our turn your name will be sorry. Fashola deceived Igbo’s to vote him in second time after he has begged for forgiveness. Now what is happening, he think we are fools elections has never finished and will not finish. We are waiting.

  3. The problem of nigeria is not party but who is in this party ,when its the same prositutes mydear dont be decieved with the name they came up with,becase all this faces in APC or whatever they call themselfes are the same people that has been our problem, and they are always ready to emerge at there own intrest or even went back to PDP is just politices of self intrest

  4. Molokwu Cindy on

    The truth is that we need a change at d center and same at states where a political party have held power for two times[terms]

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