The African Democratic Congress (ADC) on Thursday, ratified the expulsion of its presidential candidate, Dumebi Kachikwu, and his running mate, Ahmed Rufai from the party.
Saga Gist recalls that the party’s leadership had in September, expelled its 2023 presidential candidate, Dumebi Kachikwu, over alleged anti-party activities.
Other party members expelled were the BoT chairman, Senator Patricia Akwashiki, the national vice chairman North-East, other State chairmen and party executives.
However, at a special national convention, which was held at the Ahmadu Bello University Conference Hotel in Zaria, Kaduna State, their expulsion was ratified, while the national officers whose tenure expired were replaced with the election of new national officers by affirmation.
Ralph Okey Nwosu was returned as National Chairman of ADC, while Said became the Secretary and Mrs Kyauta, the Women’s Leader among other executives for another term of four years.
In his acceptance speech, the returned National Chairman appreciated the delegates for reposing on him the mandate to lead the party for another four years, just as he promised to lead the party to victory come 2023.
Given the reason for the expulsion of the party’s presidential candidate, Kachukwu, he said the candidate has had no manifestoes since he was elected as a presidential candidate, adding that the only thing he has done is to work against the interest of the party to sell the ticket to one of the ‘big’ political party with impunity.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman of the Special National Convention and director general of the campaign global of the ADC, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman said “it is my pleasure to welcome you all to this round of periodic National Convention of the African Democratic Congress following the lapse of the statutory tenure of national executives of the party. We call this convention special because it marks the flagged-off of a genuine movement for the people to reclaim their natural and legitimate right to reshape the destiny of Nigerian society.
“We will reach the mountaintop together. Here, I think it is pertinent to underline the fact that the formal purpose of today’s convention is to dissolve the National Working Committee and confirm a new one, adopt the party’s amended constitution, as well as to adopt a statement of discipline to some party members and ratify party principles and goals and adopt the rules for the party’s activities, including the process for the next election cycle,” he said.