Friday 16 August 2013

INEC Registers Two New Parties; Including That Of Atiku’s ‘Associates’

INEC Chairman
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday said that it has registered two new political parties in accordance with the provisions of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as Amended) and the Electoral Act 2010 (as Amended).

In a press statement signed by the secretary of the commission, Mrs. A. C. Ogakwu, INEC gave the names of the two parties as
the Independent Democrats (ID) and the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM).

The Peoples Democratic Movement is the party which was widely reported yesterday to be floated by former vice president Atiku Abubakar, but which he denied, saying he still belongs to the PDP although the PDM was being championed by associates of his.

Curiously, secretary to the INEC boss, Kayode Idowu, had also yesterday denied the report on the registration of the party. The INEC statement said that the constitution, manifesto, logo/flag and list of National Executive Officers of each party have also been approved.
It could be recalled that INEC also registered a merger party APC two weeks ago which had attracted wild jubilations from the members of the merging opposition parties and other activists in Nigeria.

(Additional reports by Stanley Azuakola)

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