2023: Court Sacks Ogun ADC Guber, House Of Assembly Candidates

A file photo of a court gavel.
A file photo of a court gavel.

 

A Federal High Court sitting in Abeokuta, Ogun State has nullified the candidature of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) governorship candidate for the 2023 election, Biyi Otegbeye, as well as the party’s State Assembly candidates.

The court said that the primary election which produced Otegbeye and the state assembly candidates did not comply with the provisions of the Electoral Act.

It will be recalled that the Labour Party in the state had approached the court asking it to compel the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to recognize the governorship candidate and others.

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The court presided over by Justice Akintayo Aluko affirmed that the primary election which produced Otegbeye and others did not comply with the Electoral Act.

While the counsel to the Labour Party commended the judgement, the counsel to the ADC candidate said they may be compelled to appeal the judgement after access to the court judgement.

ADC Holds Convention, Ratifies Expulsion Of Kachikwu, Others

ADC Logo and Dumebi Kachikwu

 

The crisis rocking the African Democratic Congress (ADC) is yet from being over as the party has formally ratified the expulsion of its presidential candidate, Dumebi Kachikwu and his running mate, Ahmed Rufai from the party.

The party ratified the expulsion of Kachikwu and his running mate during a special convention held on Wednesday at the Congo campus of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria in Kaduna State.

Others that got the expulsion hammer include the party’s Board of Trustees Chairman, Patricia Akwashiki; National Vice Chairman North-East, some state chairmen and party executives.

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The convention also returned Ralph Nwosu as ADC National Chairman while other national officers whose tenure have expired were replaced with the election of new national officers by affirmation.

In his acceptance speech, the returned ADC national chairman appreciated the delegates for reposing on him the mandate to lead the party for another four years, assuring that he will lead the party to victory in 2023.

Given reason for the expulsion of Kachikwu, the chairman explained that the candidate has no campaign manifesto since he was elected as presidential candidate, and has also been working against the interest of the party with the aim to sell the ticket to one of the ‘big’ political parties.

Peter Obi Not Different From Atiku, Tinubu – Kachikwu

 

Labour Party’s Peter Obi belongs to the same order as the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential flagbearer Bola Tinubu and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart Atiku Abubakar. 

The presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) Dumebi Kachikwu said this on Tuesday, arguing that Nigeria requires people with fresh ideas to turn the nation around.

“The three of them belong to the same old order of politicians who have nothing to offer. There is no difference between Peter Obi, Atiku, and Asiwaju,” Kachikwu told Channels Television’s Politics Today. 

“So, there’s no reason we have to come together to get power. I am not in the race because I seek power desperately. I am in this because I feel my country desperately needs change.

“Nigerians want a breath of fresh air. For too long, the vocal minority have had their way and their say in Nigeria. This race will be determined by the silent majority and they are prepared to take back their country.”

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This combination photo shows the Presidential candidates of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi (L); All Progressives Congress, Mr Bola Tinubu (C); and Peoples Democratic Party, Mr Atiku Abubakar (R).

 

The ADC flagbearer lamented that for years, Nigerians have “trusted failures”, noting that the country must now back those with impeccable records.

“What Nigerians are saying to themselves is that for decades we trusted failures, now we better trust those with sterling track records of success,” he added.

“No longer would Nigerians say because he was a local government chairman or a commissioner. They now realise that when they held that office, they never did anything meaningful with it”.

His comment came after a poll by a public advocacy group We2Geda Foundation said going into the election, Labour Party’s Obi is ahead of other candidates by 51 percent.

“Further analysis also shows that Peter Obi remained a consistent favourite in the four major geopolitical zones including North-Central, South-South, South-West and South-East, while Alhaji Atiku Abubakar was the poll leader in the NorthEast and North-West zones,” the group said.

But Kachikwu has faulted the exercise, claiming it was “cooked” to favour the sponsors.

“If you were to ask the APC or the PDP about this poll, they will tell you, ‘Give me 24 hours and I will conduct my own poll that shows you I am leading’,” the ADC candidate maintained.

“So, people believe that these polls are just cooked to serve the benefit of whoever is paying for them. That’s what most people believe; so, we will discountenance them.”

National Politics: ADC Constitutes Caretaker Committee

 

The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), on Monday, constituted an eight-man Caretaker Committee to pilot the affairs of the party.

This followed the expiration of the tenure of the Ralph Okey Nwosu-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the Party according to a statement

The newly appointed Caretaker Committee is being chaired by Senator Patricia Naomi Akwashiki who is the current chairman of the Board of Trustees, while Hon. Kennedy Odion is to act as Secretary.


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Other members of the new interim national leadership of the ADC include Lady Angela Johnson, Professor Kabiru Isah Dangogo, Manzo Ibrahim, Hon. Lesanmi Omolayo, Hon Kingsley Temitope Ogga and Barr. Emma Dibia as legal Adviser.

The ADC’s NEC in a statement signed by Hon Kingsley Temitope Ogga for Chairman, and Hon Odion Kennedy for Secretary, said the main terms of reference of the new interim leadership of the party is to plan and conduct a National Convention to elect substantive national officers within the next six weeks.

It will be recalled that 27 State Chairmen of the ADC, had during a NEC meeting of the party on Wednesday last week called on Nwosu to vacate office following the expiration of his tenure.

Nwosu had been piloting the affairs of the party for the last 17 years.

Kachikwu Rejects ADC Suspension, Says Chairman’s Tenure Has Elapsed

Presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Dumebi Kachikwu (L) held a press conference in Abuja on September 3, 2022.
Presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Dumebi Kachikwu (L) held a press conference in Abuja on September 3, 2022.

 

The presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Dumebi Kachikwu, has rejected a suspension noticed issued by the party’s executives.

According to Mr Kachikwu, the tenure of the party’s Chairman, Ralph Nwosu has elapsed, therefore he has no capacity to suspend him from the party.

Speaking at a news conference in Abuja, the presidential candidate said all decisions taken by Mr Nwosu since August 28 are illegal, null and void in the eyes of the law according to the party’s constitution.

Earlier, ADC’s Deputy National Chairman (Politics), Bamidele Ajadi, announced the suspension in a statement after an emergency meeting of its National Working Committee (NWC) which was held on Friday.

The NWC accused Kachikwu of anti-party activities, defamation, and other acts of gross misconduct.

At the meeting, Ajadi said, the NWC had great concern about what it said was a baseless and defamatory video made, published, and circulated by Kachikwu, which was intended to disparage and impugn the integrity and image of a peaceful and transformation-oriented African Democratic Congress and its National Officers.

He said, “Dumebi’s speech in the video, contravened the principles and values upon which ADC is founded and the specific provision of Article 16 of the ADC Constitution”.

Beyond the video, the NWC accused Kachikwu of several other actions aimed at maligning the NWC members and of failing to provide any roadmap of his plans for the general elections.

These actions or inactions, according to the NWC, have put the chances of the party in the elections in jeopardy.

“His negative actions and/or inactions so far, have put in jeopardy the fate and prospects of all our candidates contesting for various offices across the country,” it said.

“The committee of the whole house, in a very clear and unequivocal term condemned the said video in its entirety and described it as a piece of badly crafted blackmail and mudslinging, and thereby unanimously recommended his immediate suspension from the party from today, Friday 2nd September 2022.”

2023 Elections: ADC Suspends Presidential Candidate Dumebi Kachikwu

 

 

The African Democratic Congress has suspended its Presidential Candidate for the 2023 general elections, Dumebi Kachikwu.

ADC’s Deputy National Chairman (Politics), Bamidele Ajadi, announced the suspension in a statement after an emergency meeting of its National Working Committee (NWC) which was held on Friday.

The NWC accused Kachikwu of anti-party activities, defamation, and other acts of gross misconduct.

At the meeting, Ajadi said, the NWC had great concern about what it said was a baseless and defamatory video made, published, and circulated by Kachikwu, which was intended to disparage and impugn the integrity and image of a peaceful and transformation-oriented African Democratic Congress and its National Officers.

He said, “Dumebi’s speech in the video, contravened the principles and values upon which ADC is founded and the specific provision of Article 16 of the ADC Constitution”.

Beyond the video, the NWC accused Kachikwu of several other actions aimed at maligning the NWC members and of failing to provide any roadmap of his plans for the general elections.

These actions or inactions, according to the NWC, have put the chances of the party in the elections in jeopardy.

“His negative actions and/or inactions so far, have put in jeopardy the fate and prospects of all our candidates contesting for various offices across the country,” it said.

“The committee of the whole house, in a very clear and unequivocal term condemned the said video in its entirety and described it as a piece of badly crafted blackmail and mudslinging, and thereby unanimously recommended his immediate suspension from the party from today, Friday 2nd September 2022.”

The latest news from the party comes amid calls by some of its stakeholders for its National Chairman, Ralph Nwosu, to resign after 17 years in the position. Kachikwu is believed to have backed the calls.

Read the full statement below:

The African Democratic Congress has suspended Dumebi Kachikwu, its Presidential Candidate over the false, misguided and defamatory video he made and circulated, amongst other infractions. The party made this known in a statement released to the press, at the end of its emergency National Working Committee (NWC) meeting on Friday, 2nd September 2022. The NWC viewed with great concern the baseless and defamatory video made, published and circulated by Mr. Dumebi Kachikwu, which was intended to disparage and impugn the integrity and image of a peaceful and transformation-oriented African Democratic Congress and its National Officers.

According to the Deputy National Chairman (Politics) Dr. Bamidele Ajadi, Dumebi’s speech in the video contravened the principles and values upon which ADC is founded and the specific provision of Article 16 of the ADC Constitution to wit: “Act(s) conduct or utterances likely to bring the Party into hatred, contempt or ridicule; engaging in dishonest practices, defrauding the Party, its members or officials; engaging in anti-party activities; unauthorized publicity of Party dispute or fractionalization or creating parallel Party organ(s) at any level; engaging in any other activities likely to cause disaffection among Party members or likely to disrupt the peaceful, lawful and efficient conduct of party business; belonging to any such factional group or organ; collusion or conspiracy to convene unauthorized meetings, shall constitute acts of gross misconduct.”

He also noted that there have been several actions, publications and utterances in the past aimed at maligning the ADC National Officers, which the NWC chose to ignore, for peace to reign. The NWC also noted that since the 9th of June 2022 when he was elected the Presidential Candidate, he has failed, neglected and/or refused to share with the party, any meaningful, constructive or reasonable Presidential Campaign Roadmap for the forthcoming Presidential Election. Dumebi for reasons only known to him has stampeded our party into inactivity since he emerged as candidate.

“His negative actions and/or inactions so far, have put in jeopardy the fate and prospects of all our Candidates contesting for various offices across the country. The committee of the whole house, in a very clear and unequivocal term, condemned the said video in its entirety and described it as a piece of badly crafted blackmail and mudslinging, and thereby unanimously recommended his immediate suspension from the party from today, Friday 2nd September 2022. This resolution would be forwarded to the National Executive Council for further actions.

The NWC strongly believes that to demean the character of the founders and financiers of ADC, who have worked tirelessly to build an enviable brand that Nigerians are proud of, and which many great minds have stood elections; smacks of crass irresponsibility, gross indiscipline, disingenuous scandalization and blackmail, and completely unfit of someone who wants to be President of Nigeria.

Insecurity: FG Should Recruit More People Into Military, Says Kachikwu

 

The Federal Government should recruit more people into the military as part of measures to tackle insecurity in Nigeria, the African Democratic Congress (ADC) presidential candidate Dumebi Kachikwu has said. 

Kachikwu gave the advice during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.  The ADC presidential flagbearer argued that the country is battling security challenges on multiple fronts.

“The whole country is at war. We have large areas of Nigeria that we now call ungoverned spaces. So, this military is severely challenged and they don’t have enough at this point,” he said on Wednesday.

“So, we have the Civil Defence and the police who are trained in the art of bearing arms but they are not trained the way soldiers are trained. So, we need to give them strategic training for a month or two for them to get to the point where they can react like the soldiers and join that effort.

“If we have 200,000 people join this war, on multi-war fronts, we would chase these people out. But we must understand that this war has been sustained for over a decade now. This is short-term. So, in the medium term, we must start recruiting massively. It takes about seven months to get a civilian to be a soldier, and another two to three years in the art of warfare – bearing different arms and what have you. So, we must start recruiting to get to the point of readiness but we are not doing this.”

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The ADC candidate accused the Federal Government of not doing enough to support the military, saying “those who are at the war front, who expect that the country will be solidly behind them” do not get such backing.

“Last year we spent a lot of money buying armament  – serious equipment – but you must understand that equipment needs to be operated,” he added. “It needs professional expenses.”

“So, the military is seriously challenged,” Kachikwu maintained.

ADC Supports Calls For Buhari’s Resignation

A logo of the African Democratic Congress.
A logo of the African Democratic Congress.

 

The leadership of the African Democratic Party (ADC) says it is backing the party’s presidential candidate, Mr Dumebi Kachikwu, in his call for President Muhammadu Buhari to step aside if he cannot fix the economy and the country’s worsening security situation.

The party also criticised the Federal Government’s approach to the ongoing industrial action by university lecturers.

It promised to engage with members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in the coming days.

The party made the comments at a joint meeting of its board of trustees and national working committee in Abuja.

Deputy Governorship: I Have Never Failed With Leadership – Tonto Dikeh

 

Actress turned politician, Tonto Dikeh says she has never failed with leadership and therefore, believes she is capable of succeeding as Deputy Governor of Rivers State.

Dikeh made the comments on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics while speaking of her candidacy under the African Democratic Congress (ADC).

According to her, contrary to speculations and despite her being a subject of controversy, the decision to join politics was well thought out and is one she has worked towards for at least three years.

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“I am prepared for anything, truthfully. I have had three years to work on this, its not something that I just came out or emerged with. We’ve had a lot of time to work on this and for this. Criticism, I am ready, non-criticism I am ready. So, it doesn’t matter where the questions are coming from.

“I have failed in my life and I’m not denying that. Everyone has seen that.

“But am I going to fail with leadership. Have I failed in leadership? Start from motherhood, have I ever failed in motherhood, talk about my foundation. I think it was one of the foundations that stood up for this country, in the time of the pandemic, with no assistance whatsoever. I did even more than the government,” she said.

The ADC governorship candidate in Rivers state, Tonte Ibraye, had presented Dikeh as his running mate on Friday ahead of the 2023 elections.

Later the same day, the actress confirmed the nomination via her social media handles, where she shared what they hope to achieve if elected into office during next year’s election.

“I thank Mr Tonte Ibraye (@TonteIbraye), the Governorship candidate for ADC, Rivers State for nominating me as his running mate,” Dikeh tweeted.

“We are looking at investing in social protection, creating social value system & increased women’s inclusion in governance.”

Tonte Ibraye and Tonto Dikeh were later on Friday presented their Certificates of Return by the ADC party chairman, Ralph Okey Nwosu in Abuja.

Dumebi Kachikwu Beats Moghalu To Win ADC Presidential Ticket

A photo combination of Kingsley Moghalu and Dumebi Kachikwu.

 

Dumebi Kachikwu has been declared the presidential candidate of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) following the presidential primary held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on Wednesday.

The Chairman of the Electoral Committee General Ekundayo Opaleye announced the result, noting that Dumebi polled 978 votes to emerge victorious over a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Prof Kingsley Moghalu who polled 589 votes.

Chukwuka Monye scored 339 votes while Princess Chichi Ojei got 72. A further breakdown showed that Evang. Ebiti Ndok Jegede pulled five votes and Lady Angela Johnson finished with one vote.

While giving his acceptance speech, the presidential candidate promised purposeful leadership to rescue the country from the current challenges facing it, just as he extended the hand of fellowship to other contestants.

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Two thousand one hundred persons were picked as delegates from the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Twelve aspirants, comprising five women, and seven men, contested for the exalted position. Two of them were absent from the exercise, while an aspirant Mani Ibrahim withdrew from the race

Prior to the exercise, the former CBN deputy governor had vowed to defeat the presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Bola Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar respectively in the 2023 elections.

Moghalu joined the ADC in October 2021 and was the presidential candidate of YPP in the 2019 elections.

Declaring For President As CBN Governor Will Erode Investors’ Confidence, Says Moghalu

 

A presidential aspirant of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Kingsley Moghalu, on Wednesday said declaring for President as a governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will erode investors’ confidence in the apex bank.

Moghalu, a former CBN Deputy Governor, stated this during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

He faulted the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, for choosing to remain in office while nursing a presidential ambition on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

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A presidential aspirant of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Kingsley Moghalu, speaks during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today on May 11, 2022.

 

“I wouldn’t be running for President if I was a sitting central bank governor,” the political economist declared. “That is one of the things that is creating a problem for the Nigerian economy.

“Investors will have no confidence if an institution that is supposed to be impartial, apolitical whether in regard to the markets or in regard to the government, is seen otherwise.

“I will not lend the government of Nigeria N18 trillion breaking every law that exists in the book. There are many things I will do differently and therefore, we will likely have a better economy.”

Moghalu also promised to create jobs for the teeming unemployed youths if elected as Nigeria’s President.

When asked what the current unemployment rate was, he put the index at about 33 per cent, describing it as one of the highest in the world.

On how he plans to create jobs, the presidential hopeful said he would create a N1 trillion venture capital fund that would provide temporary unemployment support to young Nigerian graduates, provided they undergo skilled training.

“This venture capital fund will give young people funds to start a new business based on their skills,” he explained.

“The government will invest in the fund, private sector people will also invest in it; everybody in Nigeria does not need N5 million to start a new business.”

Moghalu Picks Up ADC Presidential Form

Professor Kingsley Moghalu (second left) picked up his ADC presidential form in Abuja on May 10, 2022.
Professor Kingsley Moghalu (second left) picked up his ADC presidential form in Abuja on May 10, 2022.

 

A former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank, Professor Kingsley Moghalu on Tuesday picked up the presidential expression of interest and nomination form of the African Democratic Congress in Abuja.

“I purchased the form myself, opting against the usual fake purchases on behalf of aspirants by shadowy groups,” Moghalu said in a post on Twitter.

“I did so because Nigerians are worthy of this sacrifice.”

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Speaking shortly after picking up the form, Moghalu promised to invest heavily in the education sector by allocating, to the sector, 20 percent of the nation’s budget.

According to him, investing in education can help curb the challenges of insecurity and youth unemployment in the country.

He vowed that the incessant strikes by the Academic Staff Union of Universities will be confined to history once he emerges as President.

He also added that the current inflation rate in the country will be tackled by his administration in order to create a conducive business environment.