Funmi Olaitan, Ibadan
With 2019 general elections few months away, fresh crisis may be brewing in Alliance for Democracy (AD) as some members of the party's National Executive Council (NEC) on Wednesday, disowned the NEC meeting of the party slated for today (Thursday) in Abuja.
AD NEC members that include Mr. Tayo Onayemi, National Vice Chairman (South-West); National Publicity Secretary, Mrs. Yinka Nola; and National Legal Adviser, Mr. Kehinde Aworele, in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, described the planned NEC meeting as "illegal".
According to the AD NEC members, the planned meeting is in contravention of Article 11.2 (i and ii) of the constitution of the party.
The statement read in part, "Our attention has been drawn to a “NEC meeting” slated for Thursday, the 11th of October 2018, at Abuja, by Mr. Joseph Avazi and Mr. Akin Fashogbon. This is to publicly disown the illegal meeting. The planned meeting is in contravention of Article 11.2 (i and ii) of the constitution of Alliance for Democracy (AD), which requires a 7-DAY NOTICE before such a meeting could be validly held.
"For the avoidance of doubt, the notice for this NEC meeting is less than 72 hours, and was not communicated to all
entitled to attend."
The NEC members also urged all candidates for all elective offices in the next general elections under the platform of the party to pay their nomination fees, only through bank drafts from any commercial bank in favour of the national secretariat of the party in Abuja and not to any individual’s account or in cash.
They similarly enjoined members of the party to be law abiding, and await the outcome of the adjudication of the suit no FHC/ABJ/597/2018, between Shehu Musa & 6 Ors vs Joseph Avazi, Akin Fasogbon and Independent National Electoral Commission, as well as suit no FHC/ABJ/CS/938/2018, between Alliance for Democracy (AD) & 5 Ors. vs Independent National Electoral Commission and Joseph Avazi.
While condemning in the “strong arm tactics” of Avazi who has allegedly used thugs to intimidate some officers of the party in the national secretariat, they appealed to Nigerian Police not to allow itself to be used by him to settle political disputes.