Funmi Olaitan, Ibadan
Crisis may be brewing in Accord Party, as South West zone of the party on Sunday issued a seven day ultimatum to its national chairman, Mr Mohammed Lawal Nalado, to resign from his position for gross misconduct and contravening the party's constitution.
South West zone of the party also dissociated itself from the court proceeding instituted by the National Chairman against the National Assembly
The decisions were part of the resolutions of the zonal meeting of Accord party held in Ibadan, Oyo State capital. Although Oyo State chapter did not agree with the decision, but other states including Ogun, Oyo, Ekiti, Ondo and Osun States agreed.
Osun State Chairman of the party, Mr Olusegun Fanibe, while speaking with journalists at the end of the meeting, on behalf of other states, said National Chairman of Accord contravened the party's law by engaging in acts that brought disrepute and public embarrassment to the party by unilaterally taking the National Assembly to court without any consultation or approval from the National Working Committee.
He said, “Secondly, he engaged in anti-party activities by collecting money from All Progressives Congress (APC) to pay the rent of the national secretariat and he confirmed that himself because we knew we hadn’t pay for the party secretariat for some time.
“Also, National Chairman of the party pasted the poster of himself as an aspirant for a vacant senatorial seat in Kastina State without putting the party logo, giving the impression that he intented to contest election not on the platform of Accord party of which he is the National Chairman but currently working towards to be candidate of another party.
"We have been on this issue for three weeks. We invited him but for some reasons he has been avoiding us, he has been giving one excuse or the other, even that is against the constitution of the party because as the National Chairman he is supposed to be in control but our chairman has been in disarray and that is why we resolved to take this step. Hopefully, he will respond to this and do the needful
”Our chairman is from Daura, very close to President Muhammadu Buhari, and also an in-law to the President. So, I don’t think he would want to work against his kinsman. Every effort by stakeholders to move the party forward is being blocked, and we think this is the time the South West must take a step.”
South West zone of the party also threatened to quit the party if the National Chairman of the party did not call an emergency meeting to review allegations levelled against him with the view of setting up a committee and recommending sanctions according to the dictates of the party’s constitution.
"The National Chairman must resign, we want him to resign within seven days or in the alternative call for an NWC meeting during which we shall set up a seven man disciplinary committee to investigate the allegations and recommend appropriate sanction in accordance to the constitution of the party", he stated.
The party also congratulated former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Mr Olagunsoye Oyinlola, for picking All Democratic Congress (ADC), as a political party they want to use for coalition movement, expressing optimism that Accord party may in the nearest future be able to form a common ground with them in interest of the nation.
While appealing to party members across the region, the leaders maintained that that Accord party still stands as a party, stating that the decisions were ways to move the party forward and also hopefully be able to remove some saboteurs from the ongoing process.