Abuja. Sept. 9, 2019
Action Alliance (AA) party says it has withdrawn its petition from the Imo Election Petition Tribunal in the overall interest of the party and the state.
Uche Nwosu, former Governor Rochas Okorocha’s son-in-law contested the Governorship election on the platform of the AA and lost to incumbent Governor, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha. He has been hoping that he would snatch the governorship seat from Ihedioha via the tribunal.
But Mr Kenneth Udeze, the embattled Chairman of the AA dashed that hope through a statement signed by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr James Vernimbe on Monday in Abuja.
Only recently, it had been reported that Mr. Udeze was abducted by gunmen in Abuja. The Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, had, in a statement issued to newsmen in Owerri, by its spokesperson, Ikenga Ugochinyere, stated that Udeze recently raised alarm over alleged threats to his life.
Udeze, in the statement announcing the party’s withdrawal of its petition before the Imo State governorship Election Petition Tribunal, said that the decision was unanimously taken after extensive deliberation at the party’s National Convention that was held over the weekend in Abuja.
He said that series of approvals and adoptions of recommendations from reports by the Disciplinary Committee set up by the party’s National Think Tank Committee (NTTC) were also made.
“The NTTC and the National Executive Committee (NEC) approved the withdrawal of the party’s name from the Imo election petition tribunal at its national convention.
“The committees also approved the expulsion from the party of its suspended NEC members pursuant to article 13(a 1) and 15 (5b) following the party’s 2005 constitution.
“And nine members from the party have been elected to replace the other expelled nine NEC members,’’ he said.
The chairman said that the dissolution of the party’s executives in Osun, Lagos, Cross River, Kogi, Oyo, Zamfara, Adamawa and Imo states chapters have been approved.
According to him, new caretakers have been appointed and approved in the states.
Udeze also said that the appointment of an administrative secretary and other staff of the party had been approved.
He, however, reiterated that the party would partner with Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP).