19th February, 2023
The Action Alliance (AA), on Sunday, said it did not adopt former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar as its presidential candidate.
The National Chairman of AA, Dr. Adekunle Omo-Aje, said the party neither had such an arrangement nor was it planning to adopt any other person in place of its presidential candidate, Solomon-David Akanigbuan.
AA, led by the sacked national chairman, Mr. Kenneth Udeze, alongside other four political parties, had on Saturday, adopted Atiku as their presidential candidate for Feb. 25 poll.
The Other parties were Allied Peoples Movement (APM), African Democratic Congress (ADC), Action Peoples Party (APP), and National Rescue Movement (NRM).
Reacting to the endorsement made by the Udeze-led faction, Omo-Aje said: “Our attention has been drawn to a fabrication and fraudulent arrangement, purportedly with some named political parties touching on stepping down for presidential candidate of People Democratic Party Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
“We make bold here to say emphatically that our party, Action Alliance, has no such arrangement at all, nor was anything as such ever contemplated among our ranks.
“This is to further reiterate for the umpteenth time that our party, Action Alliance, is never thinking of any kind of collaboration with any political party or any candidate whatsoever.”
According to him, AA had warned the general public of the activities of some political scavengers assembled by the recalcitrant usurper, who has been adjudged as a “meddlesome interloper” by a High Court of the land.
“Kenneth Obideche Udeze is a parasite that feeds on the blood of docile and gullible politicians; he is a Merchant of Venice.
“As a political party of repute, Action Alliance has hosted a series of world press conferences to alert the general public that, Kenneth Obideche Udeze is not even a member of our party let alone having any locus standi to speak or act for, or on behalf of the party anywhere, anytime.
“This, we did, to save would-be victims of this fraudulent political venture from getting defrauded. If anyone thereafter gets entangled in his antics and scam expertise, our party, Action Alliance, will be absolved of any associated guilt.
“Our party, Action Alliance, has a presidential candidate that is neither being withdrawn nor dropped.
“So, it is appalling to think that some political scouts without circumspect could still get scammed by this certified interloper as if they were charmed to blindfolds.
“To buttress our points here, we provided an extract from judgments of the Federal High Court (FHC) and Court of Appeal robbing him in his apparent odyssey as a usurper, an interloper, and a meddlesome busybody,” Omo-Aje added.
Justice Zainab Abubakar of a Federal High Court had, on Nov. 4, 2022, and Dec. 22, 2022, declared that Udeze was not a member of AA, hence, he cannot represent the party nor institute any legal action on its behalf.
Also, Justice Binta Nyako of a FHC had, on Jan. 20 and Jan. 23 in separate judgments, described Udeze as “a busybody and meddlesome interloper” who disturbed the peace of the courts and was fined N1 million each.
Besides, two Court of Appeal judgments delivered on Jan. 7, 2022, and Nov. 11, 2022, affirmed that Udeze, having been suspended and expelled from AA, was no longer a member of the party.