The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday denied ever confirming that former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar and some other Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors had applied for registration of a new party to be named Peoples Progressive Movement (PPM).
In a letter dated Thursday 15th August 2013 and addressed to Editor of Daily Independent where the story was first published before it went viral online, Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr. Kayode Idowu claimed he had been quoted out of context.
“I write to refute an attribution to me in your paper today that a former Vice-President and nine Peoples Democratic Governors are floating a political party,” he said.
“You cited me in a story titled ‘Nine PDP Govs Float Party, Apply for Registration’ as confirming to you that the former Vice-President and some Governors of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party have applied for the registration of a party to be known as the Peoples Progressive Movement (PPM). Your reporter will confirm to you that I never said such a thing.
“The question your reporter asked was if there is any pending application for party registration in the Commission, and I confirmed that an application, as always, is pending. Please note: He mentioned no name of any particular group (because he confessed he didn’t even have it) or the promoters.”
He explained that INEC, by law, receives applications for party registration and treats them on individual merit.
“NECt makes no public issue of the party identity or their promoters,” he said, adding, “For avoidance of doubt, I did not discuss any party identity or promoters with your reporter because he didn’t have enough information to provide such detail in his enquiry.
“Kindly put the phone conversation I had with your reporter in proper perspective — urgently, please.”
Source: Huhu Online
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