The leadership of African Democratic Congress has dismissed the purported expulsion of its presidential candidate, Dumebi Kachikwu, and seven key national leaders of the party by the immediate past National Chairman, Ralphs Okey Nwosu.
The disclaimer was issued by ADC interim National Chairman, Senator Patricia Akwashiki, in Abuja on Saturday.
It was earlier reported Kachikwu and other key members were kicked out over alleged anti-party activities barely 12 days to the political campaign for 2023 general elections.
The statement further claimed that a seven-man disciplinary panel set up by Nwosu found the evicted party leaders guilty of gross violations of the ADC’s Constitution amongst others.
Reacting to the rumoured expulsion, the interim leadership of the party headed by Akwashiki described the action of the erstwhile chairman as the antics of a sinking man clutching at straws.
Akwashiki also called on members of the party and concerned Nigerians to ignore the ‘diversionary, divisive and destabilization activities of Nwosu who is presently lamenting over spilt milk like a whipped child.’
She insisted that the ADC would not be distracted by the actions of Nwosu and his hirelings now masquerading as genuine officers of the party.
Akwashiki said, “Nwosu is the former chairman whose tenure has elapsed who now seeks to pull the party down because he failed in his bid to extend his tenure after 17 years as party chairman.
“All expulsions and suspensions from Nwosu and his cabal are merely diversionary and a face saving measure as he faces investigation for fraud, forgery and impersonation by the Nigeria Police.
“The general public is therefore advised to ignore any statements emanating from Nwosu or any 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 ruling and stop making a fool of himself.
“The party reiterates that ADC is not for sale and won’t enter into any alliance, so buyer beware!”
Akwashiki added, “Anything that has a beginning must have an end. Nwosu had been chairman of our great party for 17 years and we thank him for the services he has rendered.
“Now he is no more due to the need to reorganize the party and put her on a sound footing to win elections.
“To continue to arrogate power and cloth himself with borrowed robes amount to impersonation which can only emanate from grand delusion.
“The ADC has moved on. Nwosu had better wake up to reality. The constitution of the party is supreme and there is no provision therein for a life national chairman.”