Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, has strongly condemned the perceived campaign of calumny against All Progressives Congress, APC, describing the alleged attempts to use ethno-religious sentiments to destroy the budding party as a cheap shot.
In a statement in Lagos, yesterday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said: ‘’These purveyors of falsehood do not want good governance.
“That’s why they are peddling the lies that the interim leadership of APC is controlled by Muslims, and that it did not reflect the country’s pluralistic values.
‘’The truth is that while ethno-religious sentiments did not form the criteria used in selecting the interim leadership, we were conscious that Nigeria is a country of plural values. That is why we have 17 Christians and 18 Muslims, the best balance possible in the odd number of 35 posts that were shared.
“That is why the 35 occupiers of the positions are from 29 different states, four more than the 25 stipulated by INEC. It was equal opportunity across all zones.’
ACN challenged anyone who doubts the authenticity of the facts and figures to verify them at INEC instead of taking to the social media.
The party described the latest attempt to abort the merger as the last-ditch effort by those who have mounted similar campaigns against the party in the past.
It said: ‘’First, they ambushed us by duplicating our acronym, sponsored of course by those who are well known to Nigerians and, when that failed to slow down our momentum, they said the sharing of posts will divide us and ultimately sound our death knell.
“With these moves having failed woefully, they have now played what they considered their most potent joker, the ethno-religious card.”