AD Suspends Three National Officers For Alleged Anti-Party Activities

alliance-for-democracy-adThe leadership of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) has suspended its National Deputy Chairman, North, Mr Shehu Musa and two others for alleged anti-party activities.

The other suspended officers are the party’s National Legal Adviser, Mr Kehinde Aworele and the National Organising Secretary, Mr Abdallah Ibrahim.

AD National Chairman, Mr Joseph Avazi, made the announcement at the end of a National Working Committee meeting of the party in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He said that the principal officers were suspended for convening an illegal meeting in Ondo State, with the aim of undermining the chances of the party in the November 26 governorship election.

In a communique read after the meeting, the AD mandated its National Secretary, Zonal Chairman (Northeast) and the Deputy Chairman (South) to take stock of states due to hold their congress with the aim of notifying the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The party’s leadership has affirmed that Mr Olusola Oke remains its authentic flag bearer for the forthcoming election and INEC has since recognised Mr Oke as the candidate for the polls.

The electoral umpire also listed Mr Jimoh Ibrahim as the PDP candidate and Oluwarotimi Akeredolu as the APC flag bearer.

Ondo Election: AD Says Olusola Oke Remains Its Candidate

Olusola Oke, AD, Ondo ElectionThe Alliance for Democracy (AD) has affirmed that Mr Olusola Oke remains the authentic candidate of the party for the November 26 Ondo governorship poll.

The National Vice Chairman, North-east, of the party, Magaji Kwairanga, stated this at a news conference in Akure, Ondo State capital.

This is contrary to a Friday communique in which leading party members had denounced Oke’s candidacy.

Kwairanga said: “It is a known fact that Dr. Akin Olowokere handed over the gubernatorial ticket of AD voluntarily to Oke. It is also a truism that the state chapter of AD, our great party, was involved and also consented to the candidature of Oke.

“Therefore, the national chairman and secretary of the party are constitutionally empowered to forward the name of Oke to INEC considering the constraint of time.

“Let us also state that the NEC has no issue and if there are issues relating to NEC meeting, which is internal affairs of the party, the issues will be handled internally. As we speak here, Oke’s name has been duly submitted to INEC as the candidate of our party.”

The news conference was also attended by the National Vice Chairman, North-west, Alhaji Sulaiman Aliyu; the Deputy National Treasurer, Sagir Ahmed Ali; the National Organising Secretary, Abdulahi Ibrahim; a National Ex Officio member, Saadatu Bello, seven states chairmen and other national officers.

Oke, who contested in the September 3 primary election of the All Progressives Congress (APC), dumped the party for the Alliance for Democracy (AD) to actualise his ambition.

Mr Oke announced this decision to his political associates and supporters from across the 18 local government areas of the state at his residence in Akure the State capital.

Oke, who was candidate of the PDP in the 2012 governorship election in the state, lamented that some undemocratic forces had hijacked the APC at the federal level.

He commended all the leaders of APC who have condemned the primary election and said that he decided to step aside in order to actualize the aspiration of the people of Ondo State.

INEC had few days earlier announced the decision of AD to replace the name of its candidate, Akin Olowookere with that of Olusola Oke.

Ondo Election: Olusola Oke Dumps APC For AD

Olusola Oke, AD, Ondo ElectionOne of the governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State who contested in the September 3 primary election of the party, Olusola Oke has dumped the party for the Alliance for Democracy (AD) to actualise his ambition.

Mr Oke announced this decision to his political associates and supporters from across the 18 local government areas of the State at his residence in Akure the State capital.

Oke, who was candidate of the PDP in the 2012 governorship election in the state, lamented that some undemocratic forces have hijacked the APC at the federal level.

He commended all the leaders of APC who have condemned the primary election and said that he decided to step aside in order to actualize the aspiration of the people of Ondo State.

INEC had few days earlier announced the decision of AD to replace the name of its candidate, Akin Olowookere with that of Olusola Oke.

Mr Olusola Oke scored 576 votes to emerge third in the APC primary election which held amid tight security in Akure.

A former president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Mr Rotimi Akeredolu emerged as the governorship candidate of the party.

Mr Akeredolu polled 669 votes as against his closest rival, Olusegun Abraham who polled 635 votes.

A total of 24 aspirants contested the governorship ticket of the APC for the election scheduled to hold on November 26, 2016.