1 February 2013

Nigeria: Oyo ACN Warns Splinter Groups

Ibadan — The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in Oyo State has warned all splinter groups within the party to desist from making spurious allegations against its leadership, saying their actions are tantamount to pulling the party down.

The party, in a statement issued in Ibadan on Tuesday by the state publicity secretary, Mr. Dauda Kolawole, frowned at splinter groupings within its fold, stressing that it was neither a creation of nor recognized by the constitution of the party.

Apparently referring to the press war being waged against one another by some groups within it, particularly the ACN Reformation Group and the ACN Integrity Parliament, the party said that this was not healthy for its continued survival.

"Our candid stance immediately these statements were published was to allow these groups to ventilate their anger. Being a democracy and a political party which believes in the tenets of free speech as an integral component of good governance, we believe that these dialogues will ultimately enrich the public space and our party will be better for it.

"However, in view of the interests generated by the statements among our members and the public at large and in view of the insinuations, allegations and counter allegations contained in the statements, it is necessary to react to them now and address whatever issues that are raised by the group," it said.

Just like IP, ACN said that Reformation Group was not a legal organ of the party, adding "it is not a creation of the constitution of the party.

"Indeed, it is alien to our great party, the ACN. Borrowing from the political baton bequeathed to us by our leaders of the progressive fold, splinter groupings in whatever form are alien to the progressive fold and the political philosophy of progressivism," the party said.

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