General 2023 Election: ADC Suspends Its Presidential Candidate Kachikwu
Dumebi Kachikwu, the opposition African Democratic Congress (ADC) party’s presidential candidate, has been suspended from the organization, but the situation is far from over.
The decision was made following an urgent National Working Committee (NWC) meeting that took place on Friday, September 2, 2022, according to a statement from ADC by the party’s Deputy National Chairman (Politics), Dr. Bamidele Ajadi.
ADC charged Kachikwu with making and disseminating a false, misleading, and defamatory video among other offenses.
The group asserted that Kachikwu’s behavior “smacks of crass irresponsibility, gross indiscipline, disingenuous scandalization and blackmail, and completely unfit of someone who wants to be President of Nigeria.”
“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,” ADC stated in a statement.
Ajadi claimed that Kachikwu’s comments in the aforementioned video violated both the provisions of Article 16 of the ADC Constitution and the principles and ideals upon which ADC was founded. These provisions are as follows:
“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.”
Ajadi continued by saying that the NWC decided to ignore a number of prior actions, writings, and statements meant to disparage the ADC national officers in order for peace to prevail.
“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,” Ajadi said.
“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.”