Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president, will not be the presidential candidate for the Action Alliance (AA), the group said on Sunday.
Dr. Adekunle Omo-Aje, the National Chairman of AA, claimed that neither the party nor its presidential candidate, Solomon-David Akanigbuan, had such a plan or intention.
In addition to the other four political parties, AA, under the leadership of Mr. Kenneth Udeze, its deposed national chairman, had selected Atiku as its nominee for the Feb. 25 election on Saturday.
The additional parties included the National Rescue Movement, Allied Peoples Movement, African Democratic Congress, and Action Peoples Party (NRM).
Following the Udeze-led faction’s endorsement, Omo-Aje responded, saying: “Our attention has been drawn to a fabrication and fraudulent arrangement, purportedly with some named political parties touching on stepping down for People Democratic Party presidential candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
“We take this opportunity to state unequivocally that neither our party, Action Alliance, nor anyone within our ranks has ever discussed or agreed to any such arrangement.
“This is to once again reiterate that our party, Action Alliance, has never considered collaborating in any way with any political party or candidate whatsoever,” the statement continued.
He claimed that AA had forewarned the public about the antics of some political scavengers gathered by the obstinate usurper, who has been labeled a “meddlesome interloper” by the country’s High Court.
“Kenneth Obideche Udeze is a Merchant of Venice, a parasite that lives off the blood of docile and trusting politicians.
As a reputable political party, Action Alliance has held a number of international press conferences to inform the public that Kenneth Obideche Udeze is not even a party member, let alone possessing any authority to speak or act for the party anywhere at any time.
“We took this action to prevent potential victims of this fraudulent political venture from being taken advantage of. Any subsequent involvement with his antics and knowledge of scams by anyone will absolve our party, Action Alliance, of any responsibility.
“The presidential candidate for our party, Action Alliance, is neither withdrawing nor dropping.
Therefore, it is horrifying to think that some gullible political scouts might still fall for this certified interloper’s con as if they had been seduced into wearing blinders.
Omo-Aje continued, “To support our arguments, we provided an excerpt from Federal High Court (FHC) and Court of Appeal judgments robbing him in his apparent odyssey as a usurper, an interloper, and a meddlesome busybody.
On November 4, 2022, and December 22, 2022, Justice Zainab Abubakar of a Federal High Court ruled that Udeze was not a member of AA and therefore could not represent the party or bring a lawsuit on its behalf.
Additionally, Justice Binta Nyako of an FHC had labeled Udeze as “a busybody and meddlesome interloper” who disturbed the peace of the courts and was fined N1 million each on Jan. 20 and Jan. 23 in separate judgments.
Also, two decisions made by the Court of Appeal on January 7, 2022, and November 11, 2022, confirmed that Udeze was no longer a member of the party after being suspended and kicked out of AA.