AA Distances Self From Planned  Protest Against INEC  Chairman 

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By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON

The leadership of the Action Alliance (AA) Party  has distanced itself from a planned protest against the person of  the  Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof. Yakub Mahmood on Friday December 2, 2022, using the name of the party. 
The  Chairman of the party,  Dr. Adekunle Rufai Omo-Aje, stated this in a statement made available to the media in Kaduna  yesterday.  
Dr. Omo-Aje said that  the set of trying to organize the protest in the name of the party,   are already talking to International bodies like EU, AU, Foreign Embassies, National leaders, including a former President in Nigeria, the media, some other NGOs, all in a bid to discredit INEC as a commission,
He added that people behind the  planned protest    are claiming that Prof. Mahmood cannot conduct a free, fair and credible election. 
“They also want to post  that the commission is not a law abiding, among others.
“However, it became expedient for me, Hon. Adekunle Rufai Omo-Aje the National Chairman of Action Alliance, to set the records straight by dissociating our great party Action Alliance and myself from the purported revolt based on available facts at my disposal. 
“As I have said at various fora, assuring our teeming members and numerous supporters have not been mislead by disgruntled elements and political charlatans, our party has no faction in our ranks.

“Those laying claims to the chairmanship and secretaryship of the party are not even members of the party, haven expelled in February 2020.
“If anyone has any grouse   against Professor Yaqoub  Mahmood, it is not our business and we are not interested in fighting other people’s battle for them. Hence our resolution not to allow anyone to put our party in bad light just for cheap popularity.

“At the face of these shenanigans, it is worth mentioning that the leadership of our party has been settled for long by the courts, through affirmations of the suspension and expulsion of the duo of Barrister Kenneth Udeze and James A Vernimbe, among others. This judgement and others have been affirmed by the Federal Court of Appeal judgments,” ghe statement read. 

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