On Sunday the presidency distanced itself from the intention to resurrect the UPN, as claimed by the Action Congress of Nigeria National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande.
On Sunday, a popular Newspaper quoted Akande as describing the move by the founder of Oodua Peoples Congress, Dr. Fredrick Fasehun, to resuscitate the party as a ploy by Jonathan to destabilize the south-west from bringing forth a unified candidate under the umbrella of APC.
However, the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Dr. Ahmed Gulak, in an statement with correspondents, said the ACN chief should count the President out of his alleged destabilization plot, he said the President remained committed to the country’s unity and therefore could not be spearheading a destabilization plot.
On the resuscitation of the UPN, the presidential aide said there was no plan to stop anybody from exercising his or her constitutional rights.
He alleged that Akande was “too naive and desperate” to know that Fasehun was only exercising his constitutional right.
He said, “I do not know when it becomes fashionable to stop somebody from exercising his constitutional right.
“Leaders of the APC themselves are exercising their constitutional right by seeking to register their new party.
“The President is for the unity of this country. He is for the rule of law; he will not stop anybody for exercising his or her constitutional rights.
“My advice for the APC leaders is that they should form a national party and stop distracting themselves.”