2023: Kachikwu’s fate still uncertain as ADC sustains hostility
The clouds continue to gather for embattled African Democratic Congress (ADC) presidential candidate, Dumebi Kachikwu, after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) listed his name among the prospective presidential contenders for next year’s polls.
ADC had announced the expulsion of the standard-bearer following an intra-party disputation that trailed the party’s presidential primary and preparations for the 2023 elections.
Kachikwu had raised a point of order against the national chairman, Chief Ralphs Nwosu and some members of the National Working Committee (NWC), claiming that their tenures had elapsed.
Barely 48 hours after INEC published the names of presidential candidates and their particulars, the party disclosed that it does not belong to Kachikwu or any other authority outside the party to determine its candidates.
In a statement, Special Assistant to the national chairman, Stacey Yaro, said although Kachikwu assumed the role of INEC chairman, “his boast that he will squeeze INEC to do his bidding to remove our chairman remains empty.”
Yaro said Kachikwu should take time to tell Nigerians why he was not consulting anybody or ever visited his Ward, LGA and state or opened a campaign office ever since he was given ADC ticket on a platter of gold.
Expressing doubts about his participation in the presidential election, Yaro declared: “Everyone knows that politics is local and Dumebi (Kachikwu) is not even recognised in his own constituency. Ask Dumebi (Kachikwu) if he has resigned from PDP. Ask him when INEC became his constituency that the police are even writing to INEC on his behalf. He makes mockery of himself while all other presidential candidates are busy with electioneering matters.
“Dumebi’s (Kachikwu) biggest anger is that his moves to disturb the party structure were not successful and this is making him look weak to his bankrollers. Someone that was too laid back to care about the scandalous media sprints he had with the EFCC and the Federal Government is suddenly claiming to be a patriotic Nigerian.”
She pointed out that as a responsible institution saddled with the responsibility of conducting elections, INEC is “too busy to glorify trivialities and ridiculous propaganda by an individual that has no respect for institutions and persons, especially an expelled presidential candidate.”