S/Court Ruling: APC Now Invalid, Carries Burden of “Let Buyer Beware” -PDP

July 30, 2021

Press Conference

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alerts Nigerians and the 
international community that the All Progressives Congress (APC) has 
become technically invalidated and now lacks the statutory structure to 
operate as a political party in our country.

This is given the pronouncement of the Supreme Court which clearly 
pointed to the nullity of APC’s subsistence and activities as a 
political party, for having a sitting governor, Governor Mai Mala Buni 
of Yobe state, as its Chairman, in total violation of section 183 of the 
1999 Constitution (as amended) as well as the provisions of Article 
17(4) of the APC constitution.

A further interpretation of the pronouncement of the Supreme Court 
showed that all activities of the APC under Mai Mala Buni, including 
nomination of candidates for elections, agreements, official decision 
reached, establishment of committees for statutory activities as well as 
its planned ward, local government and states congresses now hang 
loosely on  the threat of invalidity.

The fate of the APC as a defunct party is already sealed and the party 
cannot come out of this self-inflicted quagmire even if it engages in 
the drama of appointing a new National Chairman in place of Mai Mala 
Buni.

This is because the APC has become statutorily vacuous, without a valid 
National Working Committee, without a valid National Executive Committee 
(NEC) and without a valid Board of Trustees (BoT) to legally initiate or 
carry out any official function including convoking any platform for the 
administration of the party. It is end of the road for the APC.

In this regard, the PDP counsels all aspirants for the planned APC ward, 
local government and state congresses as well as the national convention 
to note that the APC is now in a state of “let the buyer beware”.

Such intending aspirants should be cautious of putting their precious 
time and resources in a damaged vehicle that has come to the end of an 
ill-fated journey.

In the same vein, those hoping to use the APC as a vehicle to realize 
their ambitions as President, governor, federal and state legislators as 
well as other elective offices should note the fate that has befallen 
the party.

Moreover, our party sympathizes with the APC governorship candidate in 
the coming Anambra governorship election over the misfortune of trying 
to journey in a political “one chance bus”.

The PDP calls on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), 
state electoral commissions, the Judiciary, the National Assembly as 
well as other institutions of democracy in Nigeria to note this 
development and take appropriate actions.

The fate that has befallen the APC is the direct consequence of its 
recourse to impunity, corruption, malpractices, recklessness, disregard 
to rule of law and total absence of internal democracy.

On our part, the PDP, as a bastion of democracy in Nigeria remains 
committed to our ideology and vision of our founding fathers and will 
continue to rally with Nigerians in the collective quest to rescue our 
dear nation from the misrule and stranglehold of the now crippled APC.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

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