Following the purported dissolution of the African Democratic Congress’ Abia-elected state executive and subsequent inauguration of an interim state executive by the party’s National Chairman, Chief Ralphs Nwosu, Obinna Norman, the party’s elected chairman in Abia, says the action cannot stand.
By a special resolution dated August 1, 2022, the ADC’s National Working Committee dissolved the Abia State Executives and established an 11-member interim executive body for the state.
The party accused the Abia State exco of “recent anti-party activities and deliberate effort of some Abia State Executives to undermine our candidates for the general election, coupled with various allegations of grievous misconduct,” and constituted interim executives for the state.
However, Norman, the dissolved state exco chairman, claims that congress elected them on May 12, 2022, for a four-year term ending on May 12, 2026, and that “you cannot just say you are inaugurating another exco after three months.”
The inauguration of an interim executive committee, according to Norman, “was a jamboree, a monster that the National Chairman tried to create for whatever reason best known to him.” The ADC has a constituted executive committee, and the National Chairman has no constitutional right or authority to dissolve it. It is wrong for him to mock a party that others saw as a threat just a few months ago.
“As the ADC state chairman, I am a member of the NEC and am only accountable to the NWC; I cannot begin to blame the NWC for what they do not know.” “The National Chairman is the overall leader of the party, but he cannot make decisions in isolation of the NWC, but must follow the rules,” he explained.
As a result, he stated that he had petitioned the party’s NWC, which stated that it was unaware, adding, “He acted alone.” The ADC constitution is clear, and it states that for a state exco to be dissolved, there must be periodic complaints from the zonal or state working committee, and the NWC and SWC, of which I am chairman, did not forward any complaints of misconduct or anti-party activity to the National chairman.
“The constitution also states that after we file our complaints, we will be invited to a fair hearing.” That did not occur. We have not received any letters and have yet to be served as I speak to you. If some members were found to be unfit and you did not give them a fair hearing, why did you have to punish the entire exco, which included the 17 LGA chairmen and the state exco? Nonetheless, you appointed an LGA chairman as your interim chairman.
“This simply means that there was no allegation, no case, and no one was convicted.” I have yet to be informed of any issues. I discovered that the aforementioned letter was unknown to the NWC and national exco. The ADC is not a one-man show, but rather a group of responsible men and women who are not thugs.
Norman stated that INEC still recognizes the state-elected exco, stating that the national chairman’s actions will not stand, and expressed his belief that the NWC will do the right thing in due course, noting that “this illegality will not stand.” I swore to defend the ADC constitution and am here to stop invaders. “I will follow the letter.”