Skip to content

DEFUNCT ACN TRIES TO HIJACK APC IN THE UK – Via elombah.com.

February 11, 2014

Remnants of the Defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, have stepped up their efforts to hijack the newly formed All Progressives Congress, APC in the United Kingdom, Elombah.com has learnt. A member of the APC, UK who spoke to our correspondent has expressed frustration at the efforts of the ACN to pass off a faction of ACN, as the sole members or as

true representatives of the APC UK or transmute into APC in the United Kingdom in clear violation of the merging guidelines.

Elombah.com was told that after the APC was formed in Nigeria, diaspora members of the legacy parties in the UK, namely – the CPC, ACN, ANPP and a faction of APGA met and resolved that each legacy party shall present six members from which shall be elected the interim executives of the UK chapter. At a later gathering, the four legacy parties met and elected Dr Garuba Sanni (formerly CPC) as chairman, Dr Ibrahim Emokpae (formerly ACN) as secretary, while Dr. Philip Idaewor and Mr. Aminu Ahmadu (formerly of ANPP) were elected two of the four deputy chairs. Other members of the chapter executive were also elected.

However, a few days later, members of an ACN faction led by Dr. Philip Idaewor, informed the new interim executives that they were no longer willing to be part of the whole group, an insider told elombah.com.

They therefore resolved to go it alone and constitute themselves as sole members of APC in the UK chapter.

They found a willing supporter in a member of the Interim National executive in Abuja in the person of Senator Lawal Shuaibu. “This Mr Shuaibu started dealing with them as APC UK”, a furious member lamented.

On 31st January 2014, Mr shuaibu wrote to inform the UK executives that the interim national executive has approved a guideline for all diaspora chapters. He enclosed a letter written by the Interim Secretary of the APC, Mr Tijjani Musa Tumsah, but limited the circulation to only ACN members, totally ignoring and excluding The interim Chairman Dr. Garuba Sani and Mr Aminu Ahmadu.

Among the requirements is that:

“Wherever, more than one merging parties had each established a diaspora chapter and such chapter had been officially recognised, none of such diaspora chapter shall be recognised by APC until a joint application is made and signed by each of the chapter’s chairman, secretary and treasurer together with an authenticated copy of the original recognition certificate of each chapter. Membership of such merging diaspora chapters shall be registered side by side with any new interested eligible Nigerians in such country outside Nigeria and a congress of the new merging chapter shall be arranged with the concurrence of the Nigerian National Executive Committee.”

Despite this clear provision which makes it near impossible for the ACN chapter to purport to act as APC, UK, the CAN faction still carries on as if they have transmuted into APC UK without carrying the rest of the parties making up the APC along.”

“This is a clear violation of the guidelines and yet this Senator Shuaibu carries on dealing with the ACN faction alone”, a member of the of APC UK, lamented to elombah.com

“I cannot understand why such information, that is being awaited by Diaspora APC around the world, should be sneaked to ACN factions rather than posting it on the APC website for all to see and act on. It can only be aimed at giving ACN a head start”, decried another APC member.

Members of the APC in the United Kingdom say it is sad that their colleagues fail to appreciate and observe simple democratic norms. Some told elombah.com they wait to see how the National executives of the party will resolve the impending crisis.

Our inquiry to Dr. Philip Idaewor, leader of the ACN faction 24 hours before posting this report has not been responded to.

Below is the letter from National Executive which Senator Shaibu sent only to the ACN faction in the UK while excluding the duly elected interim executives of the diaspora chapter:

APPROVED GUIDELINES FOR DIASPORA CHAPTERS

At the 8th Interim National Executive Committee meeting of All Progressives Congress held at the Party’s Headquarters in Abuja on January 23rd, 2014, the modalities for starting a Diaspora Chapter of APC was approved as follows:-

1) Wherever no chapter of any merging parties of APC had existed in a country outside Nigeria before 31st July, 2013, an application endorsed by not less than 30 interested eligible Nigerians resident in such country shall be considered by the Nigerian National Executive Committee of APC. Membership of such applicant shall be individually accredited and registered before such a diaspora chapter can be recognized by the Nigerian National Executive Committee of APC.

2) Wherever any chapter had been organized and officially accredited and recognized in any country outside Nigeria by the Nigerian National Executive Committee of only one of the merging parties before 31st July, 2013, such chapter becomes the Interim APC chapter of such country by mere application to which a copy of the original recognition certificate would be attached. Membership of such chapter shall be registered side by side with any new interested eligible Nigerians in such diaspora country and a Congress of such chapter shall be arranged with the concurrence of the Nigerian National Executive Committee of APC.

3) Wherever, more than one merging parties had each established a diaspora chapter and such chapter had been officially recognised, none of such diaspora chapter shall be recognised by APC until a joint application is made and signed by each of the chapter’s chairman, secretary and treasurer together with an authenticated copy of the original recognition certificate of each chapter. Membership of such merging diaspora chapters shall be registered side by side with any new interested eligible Nigerians in such country outside Nigeria and a congress of the new merging chapter shall be arranged with the concurrence of the Nigerian National Executive Committee.

4) No body shall be an officer of APC diaspora chapter if he/she has not been so elected at a properly conducted diaspora congress. No diaspora congress shall be deemed to have been properly conducted without the concurrence of APC National Executive Committee in Nigeria.

5) Township meetings of APC as well as Local Government and state meetings may be established in all diaspora countries in aid of positive membership mobilization and for contacts and interactions with relevant and appropriate state governments in Nigeria but NOT in contradiction with and NOT as a faction of the recognized diaspora chapters. Application for recognition shall not be entertained from such diaspora Township, Local Government or State meetings.

Please note that we shall not entertain any factional leadership from any country as the authenticity of any Chapter can only be justified by the recognition certificate of such chapter by any of the merging Parties that authorized such recognition.

Please be guided accordingly while we await your applications.

Thank You,

Yours Sincerely,

S i g n e d, Tijjani Musa Tumsah, Interim National Secretary, APC.
apc

acn

Advertisements
No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: