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APC membership registration: You are allergic to democracy, APC tells PDP



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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the PDP’s sponsored sabotage  of its (APC) ongoing membership registration in several states of the  federation and its rush to the media to condemn the process have shown  the ruling party as a cog in the wheel of democracy.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Monday by its National Publicity  Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said since one of the ways to  truncate democracy is by stifling popular participation, the PDP as a  party stands accused of working to truncate Nigeria’s democracy by its  campaign of lies against the APC membership registration, which is aimed at giving as many Nigerians as possible a chance to be part of their  country’s constitutional democracy.
It said the only reason the PDP called a hurried press conference to spew  out lies on another party’s membership registration exercise is because  the ruling party has seen the handwriting on the wall, since the  registration started, and has consequently become overly jittery.
”The PDP is wrong about its claim that the APC is engaging in phantom  registration. The party should know that while anyone can manufacture  numbers, no one can manufacture human beings. Therefore, in the fullness of time, any party that gives a fake number of its membership will get  its comeuppance.
”The truth is that within the first three days of our registration exercise, we had met and exceeded the target we set for ourselves. Nigerians have flocked to our party, which they have come to see more as a mass  movement than just a political party. This explains why we have extended the registration period by two days. The PDP is aware of the widespread acceptability of the APC and has started quivering,” APC said
The party  said instead of splitting hairs over the phenomenal APC registration  exercise, the PDP should go out there and launch its own membership  drive if it wants to know what Nigerians think of it.
”PDP officials should not just sit in their Abuja offices and make phantom  allegations about some party engaging in phantom registration, They  should go out there and see for themselves what is going on, and how  Nigerians are streaming aboard the train of change that the APC has  become,” it said.
APC also asked the PDP to stop trying to sabotage its membership  registration by sponsoring attacks on registration officials and  hijacking registration materials in Abia and Rivers, bribing some fifth  columnists to sabotage the process in Delta, and burning down our  secretariat in Gombe
The party denied getting any assistance whatsoever from the Independent  National Electoral Commission (INEC) or using any material obtained from the commission, ”except of course if the public spaces we are using  for the registration are now being seen by the PDP as INEC’s property”.
”The PDP accused the APC of trying to truncate the country’s democracy  simply because the party (APC) is giving Nigerians the opportunity to  exercise their constitutional right to associate freely. It is now clear to all discerning Nigerians that it is indeed the PDP that is working  hard to truncate our democracy by blocking popular participation and  preventing Nigerians from exercise their rights,” the party said.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed
Interim National Publicity Secretary

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