“My Mandate Is Non-negotiable”– Kachikwu
Dumebi Kachikwu, the African Democratic Congress (ADC) Presidential candidate called the party’s alleged suspension of him “a big joke.”
Kachikwu reacted to an allegation that the party’s Deputy National Chairman (Politics), Dr. Bamidele Ajadi, had released a statement stating that the party’s presidential candidate had been suspended for alleged anti-party conduct.
The statement further stated that Kachikwu’s suspension was decided upon during an urgent National Working Committee (NWC) meeting on Friday, September 2.
But Kachiku who addressed the media on Saturday in Abuja maintained that the tenure of the members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) expired on Sunday, August 28 and consequently, any action taken by the members amounts to a nullity.
According to Kachiku, who spoke to the media on Saturday in Abuja, insisted that because the National Working Committee (NWC) members’ terms of office expired on Sunday, August 28, any action made by the members is invalid.
Ralph Nwosu, the former NWC chairman who oversaw the ADC for 17 years, was referred to as having served as party leader for the longest period of time in Nigeria.
He stated that Nwosu requested an extension before their term expired, but he turned it down on the grounds that the party rules must be upheld.
“I told him that I will stand by our Constitution which has no provision for an individual to serve for such length of time as chairman.
“The National Executive Committee (NEC) of our party agreed to appoint an interim caretaker committee and to conduct fresh elections within two months.”
According to the ADC presidential candidate, he learned that his party was negotiating with another party to back their candidate.
“I have come to understand that trading ADC Presidential candidates for cash has been their stock in trade. I can assure you that my mandate is non-negotiable.”
Kachikwu, who was present at the briefing along with Kennedy Onion, the chairman of the party’s Edo State chapter, Hon. Kingsley Temitope Ogga, the chairman of the party’s chairmen, and Manzo Ibrahim, vice chairman of the northeast, a member of the former NWC, claimed that his offense was his determination to uphold his mandate.
“If we must change the democratic process, it has to start from the party. We cannot allow one man to keep trading with our party”, Kachikwu vowed.