Rivers crisis: Party dissociates self from faction’s statement

The national leadership of the Accord Party, AP, has dissociated the party from a press statement on the political crisis in Rivers State purportedly issued by its faction under the leadership of Mr. Mohammed Nalado.

The National Secretary of AP, Dr. Samson Isibor, in a statement issued in Benin City, said the Nalado-led factional executive has been sacked by the party since July 29, 2010.

Isibor also accused the sacked Nalado executive of impersonation, since the former executive was given the boot for alleged gross misconduct by more than two-thirds of the party’s National Executive Council, NEC, and National Working Committee, NWC.

He said: “For Nalado to seek cheap recognition and favour from the Presidency, he impersonated and issued a statement on the crisis purported to have emanated from us. However, INEC and the public are aware that since the 29th of July, 2010, the Mohammed Nalado-led national executive seized to exist because they were removed from office by more than two-third of the National Executive Council and National Working Committee members.”
Isibor further stated that the sack, which was presided over by the chairman of the Board of Trustee of the AP, Chief Augustine Maize, was done in accordance with the constitution of the party.

“They were sacked for gross misconduct and anti party activities, including misappropriation of N92.8 million of our funds. Nalado and his cohorts were subsequently arraigned before ICPC which is currently investigating them.

The same Nalado and his disgruntled clique bribed INEC headquarter staff with N4.5 million for them to be recognized,” he added.

 In the contentious statement, AP had advised President Goodluck Jonathan “to play a fatherly role by ending the crisis in Rivers State before it engulfs the whole nation or risk imprisonment.”

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