By Olivia Samuel, The Sight News
Abuja-African Democratic Congress(ADC), has on Wednesday accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Federal Government for bribing electorates, electoral bodies and causing mischief in the just concluded Ekiti elections.
The Party lamented that despite the poverty in the land, the ruling party had unlimited budget for bribing in the election, thereby inflicting horror on the state in the name of democracy.
The Party’s National Chairman, Chief Ralph Nwosu, made these claims in Abuja, when ADC played host to a delegation made up of members of the International Republican Institute(IRI) and the National Democratic Institute(NDI), who are in Nigeria on Pre-election Assessment Mission.
Nwosu further said that the APC and President Buhari’s team, are presently sharing money to members in opposition parties in an attempt to cause crisis within the party.
According to him, “I am aware that your team visited Ekiti State and witnessed the horror that the APC government inflicted on the state in the name of democracy.
“The APC and President Buhari team are presently sharing N50.0Million to members of opposition parties in an attempt to cause crisis within the parties. I heard that they have upped that of ADC to N100.0M. But they will fail” he said.
He further appreciated the efforts, contributions and commitment of the IRI and NDI towards advancing democracy worldwide as well as in Nigeria.
In his words, “We are aware of IRI relentless effort in Nigeria and commitment to advancing freedom and democracy worldwide. We recognize the collaborative role of the DNI to increase the effectiveness of democratic institutions”.
While noting that ADC is a vision-driven grassroots political party with Role-Modeling Leadership Paradigm, he added that if the party remain focused and vision-driven, it will produce the next President of Nigeria.
On his part, the Regional Director for Central and West Africa at NDI, Dr. Christopher Fomunyoh, said the meetings with political parties is to get multiple perspectives on how political parties plan to approach electoral process.
He further explained that the organizations have had meetings with a lot of Nigerian stakeholders, civil society representatives, opinion leaders, members of various professional organizations, adding that they meet with both political parties and non-partisan actors in order to have balanced view on the issues.
According to him, “We started our mission by making a short trip to Ekiti State, because we wanted to see how the INEC will proceed with implementing some of the new guidelines that it has adopted since the 2015 national elections.
“Ekiti State gave us the opportunity to watch some phases of the process and to interact with the people of Ekiti state. Since we came to Abuja we have spent the past two days meeting with non-political stakeholders , civil society organizations, representatives of women organization, media, representatives of persons with disability , non-partisan actors who traditionally to have a non biased approach to the electoral process.
“That was designed purposefully to allow us gather much information before our meeting with political stakeholders who obviously approach election with the partisan perspective.
“It is our tradition when we conduct this pre-election assessment missions, just as we do when we conduct international observation missions, we meet with all major stakeholders because our work is done in a non-partisan fashion, focusing on the process and looking for ways our organizations can help people of Nigeria across party lines, including the national election commission which has the responsibility to conduct the polls, to make sure that they can conduct the polls in a way that is meaningful and produce election that Nigerians can be proud of” he noted.
The organisations are expected to also meet with the All Progressives Congress (APC), People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as well as other political parties.