De-registered party to INEC – We prefer to die on the path of truth than to live on lies

Attahiru Jega PRESS RELEASE. 22nd December, 2012

The African Renaissance Party, ARP, which was de-registered yesterday by the Independent National Electoral Commission[INEC] wishes to state in unequivocal terms that the Independent National Electoral Commission[INEC] was completely[100%] justified and blameless in de-registering the party.

First of all, the law upon which INEC acted in de-registering the party was a law made by the National assembly of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and not by INEC.

Secondly, the law was made about 2 years ago and therefore, Nigerian political parties[including the African Renaissance Party] had more than enough time to have challenged the law in court and gotten the law declared null and void as being inconsistent with the 1999 Constitution, but the parties did not. Turning around now to blame and insult INEC is not only stupid but unpatriotic.

The last convention of the ARP was done right there at the real last functional secretariat of the party at No.10, 53{fela Anikulapo Kuti]Road, 5th Avenue, Gwarimpa Estate, Abuja. But when the landlord[Isa Mudi] increased the4 rent from N650,000[ six hundred and fifthy thousand Naira] to N1,700,000[one million and seven hundred thousand naira] and further demanded that we pay two years upfront, we had no option than to quit.

When INEC came for verification on the 17th of December 2012, we received them at number 13, Yaounde street, Wuse zone 6, Garki, Abuja where we had hurridly arranged. How can we now say that INEC deregistered us out of spit or any such nonesense.

The world knows that we further did not win any seat at either the national or any state assembly.

I am the founder and the National Chairman of the party, and I hail from Oghe in Ezeagu local government area of Enugu state. Where I come from, truth is sacred. The African Renaissance Party for as long as I lead it, would prefer to die on the path of truth than to live on the side of lies and falsehood.

As for us in the African Renaissance Party[ARP] we shall double our efforts, try and overcome our inadequacies indicated by INEC in the letter of de-registration and reapply to INEC for re-registration. In the maintime, we thank INEC and the good and long suffering people of Nigeria for giving us such a golden opportunity to take active part in the task of national development.

Alhaji Yahaya Ezeemoo Ndu
National Chairman
African Renaissance Party[ARP]

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