The African Democratic Congress leadership has rejected the alleged expulsion of its presidential candidate, Dumebi Kachikwu, and seven key national leaders of the party by immediate former national chairman, Ralphs Okey Nwosu.
The disclaimer was issued in Abuja on Saturday by ADC, the ADC’s interim national chairman, Senator Patricia Akwashiki.
It was previously reported that Kachikwu and other key members were ejected for alleged anti-party activity just 12 days before the political campaign for the 2023 general election.
The statement further claimed that a seven-member disciplinary panel set up by Nwosu had found the expelled party leaders guilty of gross violations of, among other things, the ADC’s constitution.
Responding to the rumors of expulsion, the interim leadership of the party led by Akwashiki described the former chairman’s action as the antics of a sinking man clinging to straws.
Akwashiki also called on party members and concerned Nigerians to ignore the “distracting, divisive and destabilizing activities of Nwosu, who is currently complaining of spilled milk like a beaten child.”
She insisted that the ADC should not be distracted by the actions of Nwosu and his mercenaries now posing as actual party officials.
Akwashiki said: “Nwosu is the former chairman whose term of office has expired and who is now trying to bring down the party for failing to extend his term as party chairman after 17 years.
“All the evictions and suspensions of Nwosu and his clique are just diversionary and a face-saving measure as he faces investigation for fraud, forgery and impersonation by the Nigerian police.
“The general public is therefore advised to ignore statements made by Nwosu or a member of the former National Working Committee.
“Chief Ralph Nwosu has approached the courts to challenge his removal, so he is advised to wait for the court’s ruling and stop deceiving himself.
“The party reiterates that ADC is not for sale and will not form an alliance, so beware buyer!”
Akwashiki added: “Everything that has a beginning must have an end. Nwosu was chairman of our great party for 17 years and we thank him for the services he has rendered.
“Now he is no more because of the need to reorganize the party and put it on a healthy footing to win elections.
“To continue to usurp power and to dress in borrowed robes amounts to imitation that can only come from great delusions.
“The ADC has moved on. Nwosu better wake up to reality. The party’s constitution is supreme and does not include a provision for a national president for life.”