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NRM crisis deepens as NEC suspends former presidential candidate, 14 others

By Ameh Ochojila, Abuja
17 September 2022   |   3:30 am
The crisis rocking the National Rescue Movement (NRM) has taken a new dimension as its National Executive Committee (NEC) members yesterday suspended its former presidential candidate, Mazi Okwudili Nwaanyajike and 14 other members.

The crisis rocking the National Rescue Movement (NRM) has taken a new dimension as its National Executive Committee (NEC) members yesterday suspended its former presidential candidate, Mazi Okwudili Nwaanyajike and 14 other members. 

The NEC members took the decision through a unanimous resolution taken at their second quarterly meeting.

Nwaanyajike, who was initially the party’s 2023 presidential candidate, was replaced with Felix Johnson Osakwe for allegedly not meeting the party’s conditions.

The National Chairman of the party, Ambassador Isaac Chigozie Udeh, in an address at the NEC meeting, insisted that Osakwe has replaced Nwaanyajike as the presidential candidate of the party.

The party chairman noted that the party took the right decision by replacing Nwaanyajike with Osakwe.

“The leadership took a golden decision on this matter at that material time making sure that every step taken was in accordance with our party guidelines, the Electoral Act and the INEC guidelines were not overstepped.” 

“Also the decision was taken in good faith to brighten our chances in all the constituencies we are fielding candidates in the 2023 general election. This issue generated unwarranted controversies by some selfish elements that are poised to make gains from any misunderstanding no matter how little. Despite all their antics, we remain committed. 
We shall not be discussing much on it as the matter is already in court,” Udeh said.

The NEC, through a voice vote, also extended the tenure of the national executive officers from a year to four years pursuant to Article 11.1 of the party’s constitution.

Other decision taken was the approval for its NWC to constitute the campaign council for the 2023 general election.