The Action Congress of Nigeria has condemned in what it described as the persistent campaign of calumny against the All Progressives Congress.
It described the attempt to use “ethno-religioussentiments” to destroy the budding party as “a cheap shot that has fallen flat on the faces of the purveyors of falsehood.”
This was contained in a statement on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
According to the statement, the party was grateful to Nigerians for rejecting the criticisms on the social media, where the latest campaign were being waged by those who were “hell bent on perpetuating mediocre leadership in Nigeria.”
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 the APC is controlled by Muslims, and that it did not reflect the country’s plural values.
“The truth is that while ethno-religious sentiments did not form the criteriaused in selecting the interim leadership, we were conscious that Nigeria is acountry 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!”
The ACN challenged anyone who “doubts the authenticity of the facts and figures quoted to verify them at INEC, instead of taking to the social media to spread rumours.”
The party also described the latest attempt to abort the ‘APC baby’ as the last-ditch effort by those who had mounted similar campaigns against the party in the past, but had failed.
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.
“Thankfully, this too has failed. Nigerians are so desirous of good governance that they will not allow any play on sentiments to shake their resolve.”
ACN noted that the promoters of the APC were determined to give Nigeria the good leadership that had eluded the country for so long that “they have decided to shelve their differences and make whatever sacrifices that are necessary to achieve their objective.”