Lagos - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has bemoaned the Independent National Electoral Commission's move to issue a belated warning on illegal public political broadcasts and campaigns saying this worked in the ruling party's favour.
In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, APC argued INEC's action, coming after the People' Democratic Party and President Goodluck Jonathan had been campaigning endlessly for the 2015 elections, could only be to the disadvantage of other candidates and political parties.
"Is it a ploy by INEC to give undue advantage to the PDP and its adopted sole presidential candidate, President Jonathan, in next year's elections?" the opposition party queried
APC wondered where INEC was when the so-called Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria (TAN) was organizing rallies across the country, attended by government officials and allegedly designed to benefit President Jonathan and his PDP.
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The party also expressed "shock" that INEC has been in a deep slumber since the so-called Protectors of Nigeria's Posterity had been running adverts on television solely for the benefit of President Jonathan in next year's elections.
APC said what TAN had been doing all along was to canvas for votes for President Jonathan, in a clear violation of the Constitution as well as the Electoral Act, which bans political campaigns until 90 days before election.
APC said it had publicly alerted INEC to these campaigns and the fact those behind them were breaking the law.
"INEC merely responded with some unbelievable sophistry. Now that those illegal campaigns have run for several months, INEC suddenly awoke from its slumber to issue a warning on illegal campaign," APC said.
"This is unbecoming of an election umpire that expects to be taken seriously, an umpire that is expected not only to be fair but to be seen as such, and one that knows its onions. This caution by INEC is coming too little, too late."
- CAJ News