The African Democratic Congress (ADC) says the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the All Progressives Congress (APC) should not contest in the Anambra governorship election.
The ADC said allowing the three parties to participate in the November 6 governorship election would be a disaster for democracy in Nigeria.
Ralph Nwosu, ADC’s national chairman, disclosed this at a news conference on Tuesday in Awka.
Mr Nwosu said the three political parties did not conduct proper primaries to nominate their governorship candidates for the election.
“It will be the greatest injustice to have APGA, PDP, and APC on the ballot paper in the Nov. 6 governorship election. History will record it as a disaster to our democracy.
“They have no right to contest in the governorship election because their primaries were not properly conducted. They dishonoured party system, and there was no clear congress that nominated their candidates.
“The leadership crisis in these parties is beginning to show. Anambra has become a laughing stock in the country, and it does not promote democracy,” he said.
Mr Nwosu added that ADC was one of the qualified parties to contest in the governorship election, saying that the party conducted one of the best and transparent primaries in the country.
He described ADC as ‘third force’ repositioned to salvage Anambra in the governorship election.
“Our DNA is about discipline, perseverance, and transparency, and the people are beginning to crave for a ‘third force’ after the two big parties in the country. ADC is that ‘third force.’ Go and check the facts: of the total votes cast in the 2019 general elections, ADC came third.
“If not for the problems of corruption and power of incumbency, ADC would have had about five governors in the 2019 general election. We are relying on the will of the people to throw ADC up as the number one party in the country,” said Mr Nwosu.