- Says it has met Electoral Act’s requirements
Oghenevwede Ohwovoriole in Abuja
The Action Democratic Party (ADP), a political association regarded by its members as an emerging mega party, tuesday urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to register it as a party.
The party said it had met the requirements for a political party, as defined by the Electoral Act,.
It said it would submit its registration forms to INEC in Abuja today.
One of the chieftains of the association told THISDAY in confidence that the party had “fulfilled all conditions required by INEC for registration of the association as a political party.’’
“The necessary documents required by the electoral body have been mobilised and they will be formally submitted today, to INEC,’’ he added.
The source disclosed that after the submission of the documents to INEC, the Acting Chairman of the association, Sani Yagbagi, would proceed to address a press conference at the association’s secretariat in Asokoro, Abuja.
There, the source said, he would, in addition to proving more details about the association, also introduce to the media, its Acting Publicity Secretary, Mr. Jimoh Akeem, saying the position have been zoned to the South-west.
Feelers from the ruling APC secretariat yesterday indicated that there was disquiet within its leadership over the likely emergence of the ADP as a strong political force.
A source with the APC said: “Since the ADP had its inaugural meeting in December 2016, the ruling party has been strategising on how to minimise the impact of its emergence.
“APC’s greatest fear is that the ADP is believed to be the abode of most of its aggrieved members and the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The APC is currently facing crisis of mutual trust in its fold and the news of a proposed mega party is not what the APC would want to hear at this time.’’
ADP’s submission of documents to INEC today is expected to be done with a lot of fanfare as all top executives of the association would accompany the association’s chairman to INEC headquarters.
All the positions that had been zoned to each geo-political zone have been filled in acting capacity till the party holds its convention on a date to be fixed.
Meanwhile, the association at its inaugural meeting last year, zoned the National Chairman, National Welfare Secretary, National Vice Chairman, Vice National Organising Secretary, Deputy National Women Leader, Assistant National Secretary, Deputy National Treasurer with National Vice Women Leader, National Vice Youth Leader and three Ex-Officio (two male and one female) to the North-central.
While the North-west has the National Organising Secretary, National Women Leader, National Vice Chairman, Vice National Publicity Secretary, Deputy National Youth Leader and Deputy National Welfare Secretary, National Vice Women Leader with National Vice Youth Leader, and three Ex-Officio (two male and one female).
The National Legal Adviser, Deputy National Chairman, National Vice Chairman, National Auditor, Deputy National Financial Secretary and National women Leader, National Vice Youth Leader and three Ex-Officio (two male and one female) go the North-east.
The South-south has the National Treasurer, Vice National Welfare Secretary, National Vice Chairman, National Youth Leader and Deputy Women Leader with National Leader-PLWD, Deputy National Legal Adviser and National Vice Women Leader, National Vice Youth Leader and the Ex-Officio (two male and one female)
The South-west: got the Deputy National Chairman, National Publicity Secretary, National Vice Chairman, National Financial Secretary and Vice National Organizing Secretary, Deputy National Youth Leader, Deputy National Auditor with National Vice Women Leader, Vice national Youth Leader three Ex-Officio (two male and one female)
The National Secretary, Vice National Publicity Secretary, National Vice Chairman, National Diaspora Adviser and Deputy National Organizing Secretary, Deputy National Leader-PLWD and National Vice Women Leader with National Vice Youth Leader with three Ex-Officio (two male and one female) go the South-east.