Opposition Parties Want Patience Jonathan Sanctioned for Breaking The Law
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), two of the opposition political parties merging to form the All progressives Congress (APC) has called for the sanctioning of the first lady, Dame Patience Jonathan for breaking the law with her alleged campaign for President Goodluck Jonathan in the coming 2015 elections.
The first lady in Port Harcourt was alleged to have began an unrestrained mobilisation movement for the candidacy of Pres. Jonathan in 2015, calling on all Rivers state indigene to vote for her husband.
But the opposition parties say this is against the law and wants the Independent National Electoral Commission to sanction the first lady appropriately especially because the electoral body had only threatened recently that it would begin sanctioning people who flout the rules on the ban on political campaigns.
The spokesmen for the Action Congress of Nigeria and the Congress for Progressive Change, the two leading parties in APC, Mr. Lai Mohammed and Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, separately disclosed that unless Mrs. Jonathan was sanctioned, INEC had no moral right to sanction any other person.
Mohammed said, “If it is true that Mrs. Patience Jonathan has started campaigning for her husband, then INEC’s attention should be drawn to that because just two weeks ago, INEC warned against campaigning of any kind. If INEC does not sanction her for campaigning, then it will lose every moral right to sanction any other person who starts campaigning.”
On his part, Fashakin said, “The bane of our society is the culture of impunity that has become very pervasive. It has become even worse under Jonathan than any other time in the country’s history. That is the kind of thing you would see. The fact is that Jonathan has brought down the level of leadership in the country. We have not had it this low.
“Past Nigerian leaders, both military and civilian, were able to keep their spouses in check, but we have not seen that under President Jonathan. If the Jonathan administration prodded INEC to give the warning against campaign, and the same administration has gone on to flout the warning; then there is a problem.
“We believe INEC should have monitors. INEC is the regulator of the political parties. It is to regulate the conduct of political parties. If it does not have a mechanism to monitor this kind of thing and give sanctions appropriately, then it should close shop. It is not for us to tell the regulator its job.
“The President’s wife’s speech was well reported. So, if anything in that speech constitutes open campaign for the President, and since it’s not yet time for politicking, then it’s an infraction of a subsisting regulation and it is sanctionable. INEC should know what to do.”
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