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9 Aug 2017

APDA: Dokpesi names factional chair

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 5 years.
“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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