2023 polls: Substitution of presidential candidate tears NRM apart

The leadership crisis rocking the National Rescue Movement (NRM) may have assumed a worrisome level with Isaac Udeh, NRM National Chairman, describing a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting convened by the Board of Trustees (BOT) Chairman, Senator Saidu Dansadau, as illegal.

Udeh told journalists at his office in Abuja, that contrary to claims by Senator Dansadau, he remained the party’s bonafide National Chairman, insisting also that the law “says that any meeting of NEC must be convened by the national chairman.”

He also disclosed that the “gathering” spearheaded by the BOT leader erred in law, disclosing further that “there must be a 21 days notice by NEC in a letter duly written and signed by the national chairman and national secretary of the party to INEC so that INEC will send their representative to go and monitor that meeting and write a report of the outcome.”

A faction led by some NEC members held a meeting last week where they claimed to have sacked the National Chairman and members of NEC loyal to him.

But the NRM Chairman who carpeted the claim explained that though the splinter group had written a letter to the electoral body “INEC did not honour it because it was written by non-executive members.

He said, “The Secretary and the north Zonal chairman of the party signed, instead of the secretary and the chairman of the party.

“There’s no way you can manipulate the system and succeed even though they tried doing so.”

On allegations of forging the signature of the former Presidential Candidate of the party, Okwudili Nwa-Anyajike, in a purported withdrawal of his candidacy, Udeh said “the party’s former Presidential flag bearer willingly tendered a signed letter of withdrawal.”

He accused the erstwhile presidential flag bearer of anti-party activities, alleging that “he had no intention of contesting for President.

“His plan was to trade the ticket with bigger parties and collect huge money.

”He had already started negotiating at our back. We didn’t know. And by the time we discovered it, he was called severally to pay his balance of N14,000,000 but he was dodging, Udeh alleged.

”He rather travelled to Owerri where he planned to stay until the close of the substitution window at INEC.”

Udeh defended the party’s decision to present Felix Osakwe as a substitute for Okwudili, as he maintained that “all necessary steps according to INEC guidelines were followed.”

2023 polls: Substitution of presidential candidate tears NRM apart

Source: https://dailypost.ng

August 20, 2022

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