- The newly registered Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance party is undergoing a serious crisis
- Three of its key leaders were suspended for holding an illegal national executive council meeting of the party
- After the suspension, the party released a statement urging the public to ignore the suspended members
On Tuesday, August 8, three key leaders of Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA) political party were suspended.
Those suspended were Raymond Dokpesi the proprietor of the African Independent Television (AIT), Dan Nwayanwu and Mainassara Ilo.
The party's national secretary, Emeka Okengwu, announced their suspension on behalf of the national working committee.
Dokpesi, Nwanyanwu and Ilo trio were accused of holding “illegal” national executive council meeting of the party during which they suspended the national working committee.
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According to Premium Times, the party statement reads: "The newly registered political party, the Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance National Working Committee has suspended Raymond Dokpesi, Dan Nwanyanwu, and Mainasara Ilo for unlawful gathering in the name of the party and violating the constitutional provision of the party for holding illegal National Executive Council meeting sacking the National Working Committee of the party.
“Raymond Dokpesi on the 15th of July wrote a letter to Independent National Electoral commission informing them of a proposed NEC meeting and this letter was signed by him as BOT chairman but INEC responded by telling him to root his letter through the National Chairman of the party because the constitution of the party does not have a BOT until after five years.
“In their desperation move to factionalize the party and move to PDP they went ahead to make this announcement constituting an illegal Board of Trustee and sacking of National Working Committee.
“Due to this indiscipline of these members, the NWC met at an emergency meeting today and suspended them and constituted a Disciplinary committee to sanction them for bringing disrepute to the party.
“We want to appeal to the general public to disregard there announcement because they are agent of PDP trying to destroy the emerging alternative party that will give Nigerians a better life.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that APDA has vowed to dislodge the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti during 2018 gubernatorial election in the state.
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In a statement by the party’s national chairman, Mallam Shitu Mohammed, he said the Ekiti state chapter of the party was unveiled at the weekend where he charged the state working committee led by Mrs Foluke Okeya to mobilize the state and get ready to take over government in the next year governorship election.
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