Splinters in Former President, Obasanjo’s Party – ADC
Barely three months after the Coalition of Nigerian movement, championed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, merged with the African Democratic congress (ADC), a new faction has pulled out declaring itself as the New African Democratic Congress (N-ADC).
Interim National chairman of the splinter group, Chief Precious Elekima, made the announcement at a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday.
Chief Precious Elekima
He announced the withdrawal of the group from ADC, citing his group’s refusal to belong to the Coalition of United Parties (CUPP), explaining that ADC leadership joined the alliance without consulting relevant stakeholders.
Briefing the press, Elekima stated that the original mission of ADC was in danger of being truncated by joining the coalition.
His words: “On May 10, without any form of consultation with the components of the federation, that is the states, the teeming members of CNM fused into ADC as the third-force with the mandate to salvage Nigerians from oppressive leadership.
“These teeming Nigerians believed in the good intentions as set out in the clarion call so meekly embraced by the ADC.
“They gave flesh and blood to the ADC, reinvigorated and rebranded it to aspire as the third-force in the political landscape of the country.
“This again, they did without any sponsorship from the former president or his associates. They invested their time and resources to building the ADC whose star was on the rise.
“Suddenly, without any consultation with the party chairmen and stakeholders in the 36 states and Abuja, the ADC was taken into a place for unholy intimacy with the PDP.
“As if that was a small matter, defectors from the APC were also called in to take part in this unholy political orgy clothed as Memorandum of Understanding for the CUPP on July 16.
“Since majority of the members in the ADC never set out to deceive Nigerians, it has become necessary for the sake of these innocent members and the hope held for Nigerians that we step out of the ADC.
“It has become necessary to step out with the mission and mandate of the clarion call and leave behind those leaders who for reasons best known to them have become like those in APC and PDP.
“We are, therefore, happy and proud to announce that these gallant Nigerians who believe in the Third-Force for Nigerians have now constituted themselves out from the former ADC as the New–ADC.
“We call on members of ADC nationwide, the CNM and all progressives to rally round the N-ADC as we set out on a mission to free Nigerians from their slave masters.”