Dokpesi names fac­tional chair for APDA

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE - By Hamza Idris

The newly reg­is­tered Ad­vanced Peo­ples Demo­cratic Al­liance (APDA), split into two, yes­ter­day, fol­low­ing the pur­ported emer­gence of a new chair­man, Mainasara Illo, who is backed by busi­ness mogul Ray­mond Dokpesi.

But the Protem Na­tional Chair­man of the party, Malam Mo­hammed Shittu, claimed that Dokpesi was only bent on de­stroy­ing APDA’s ris­ing pro­file as an alternative plat­form for Nige­ri­ans, who were tired of both the rul­ing APC and the PDP.

The Dokpesi group had ear­lier yes­ter­day held a meet­ing at the Ritz Ho­tel, in Abuja, which saw the emer­gence of Illo as new chair­man of the party; and Dan Nwanyanwu, a former chair­man of Labour Party, as APDA’s new BoT chair­man.

But Shittu, who also held a sep­a­rate con­fer­ence, yes­ter­day, said se­quel to the Supreme Court judge­ment which favoured the Se­na­tor Ahmed Makarfi-led na­tional care­taker com­mit­tee, Dokpesi had per­suaded them to col­lapse APDA into the PDP, a re­quest which he said they re­sisted.

“That was why Dokpesi, who ab­ro­gated unto him­self the ti­tle of in­terim BoT chair­man of APDA, led a kan­ga­roo meet­ing where they pur­port­edly re­moved us as mem­bers of the Na­tional Work­ing Com­mit­tee (NWC) of our party.

“Can you imag­ine that Dokpesi im­me­di­ately left the venue of the so-called meet­ing and went for a sep­a­rate one or­gan­ised by the PDP? That goes to show you that they only came to APDA to de­stroy our party but they would not suc­ceed,” he said.

APDA’s Na­tional Sec­re­tary, Dr. Emeka Okengwu, who later is­sued a state­ment on be­half of the Na­tional Work­ing Com­mit­tee (NWC) of the party, an­nounced the im­me­di­ate sus­pen­sion of Dokpesi, Nwanyanwu and Mainasara Illo “for un­law­ful gath­er­ing in the name of the party.”

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, “Ray­mond Dokpesi on the 15th of July wrote a let­ter to INEC in­form­ing them of a pro­posed NEC meet­ing; and this let­ter was signed by him as BOT chair­man.

“But INEC re­sponded by telling him to route his let­ter through the na­tional chair­man of the party be­cause the con­sti­tu­tion of the party does not have a BOT un­til af­ter 5years.

“In their des­per­ate move to fac­tion­al­ize the party and move to PDP, they went ahead to make this an­nounce­ment con­sti­tut­ing an il­le­gal Board of Trustees and sack­ing of the Na­tional Work­ing Com­mit­tee.

“Due to this in­dis­ci­pline of th­ese mem­bers, the NWC met at an emer­gency meet­ing and sus­pended them and con­sti­tuted a disciplinary com­mit­tee to sanc­tion them for bring­ing dis­re­pute to the party,” the state­ment said.

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