By Luminous Jannamike
ABUJA – National Chairman of Abundant Nigeria Renewal Party, ANRP, Tope Fasua, has said the party is determined to actualise the deregistration of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
According to him, the APC and the PDP were unfit to be called political parties because they lacked clear ideologies which is why they do not fault the gale of defections that blow across the nation on the eve of every general elections.
He also said the two political parties were complicit in vote-buying during elections and in the use of taxpayers’ money for financing their activities in flagrantly violation of the Constitution and the Electoral Act (as amended).
Fasua stated this while speaking to Vanguard on the sidelines of his formal declaration for the 2019 presidency and the unveiling of his manifesto in Abuja during the weekend.
He however stressed that ANRP would deploy all strategies within the ambit of the law to ensure the APC and the PDP are de-licensed to operate as political parties.
He said: “Neither APC nor PDP is different from each other. They are one. That means; there is no ideological difference between them. We need to play politics of ideology.
“ANRP is suing INEC and these political parties. We are demanding their immediate deregistration.
“They have used taxpayers’ money wrongly. Governments formed by these parties are deeping their hands into taxpayers’ money to fund the parties’ activities and to also share among themselves. That is contrary to the Constitution. They are also using money to buy votes in violation of the Electoral Act.
“These are the reasons we are asking for their deregistration and de-licensing. We are going to pursue this aim even to the Supreme Court.”
Fasua also took a swipe at the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, accusing it of insincerity and hypocrisy. He attributed the failure of the government to deliver the change it promised Nigerians in 2015 to bad leadership.
He said the 2019 elections would be remarkably different from previous elections because of the large number of young Nigerians who have joined the presidential race and are waiting to disrupt the political landscape of the country with their fresh ideas, passion and energy.
Fasua said, at 46, he would deploy those two qualities to bring about large-scale economic restructuring to end the weaponisation of poverty, close the gaps of income inequality and establish a minimum standard of living for citizens, if elected Nigeria’s president in 2019.
The ANRP National Chairman, who said he supports the call for devolution of power to the extent that the local governments are provided with more funds as centres of national growth and development, added that he would also use education as a systemic tool for providing solutions to challenges of other sectors.