The African Action Congress (AAC) has disowned its candidate, Chidozie Nwankwo, hours after the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate in Anambra, Valentine Ozigbo, was endorsed.
Nwankwo said he made the decision “after meetings with key aides, friends, and family” in a statement released to the DAILY POST on Friday night.
The National Working Committee (NWC) noticed the article on Nwankwo stepping down, according to Femi Adeyeye, National Publicity Secretary, in a response provided to reporters on Saturday morning.
AAC distance itself from the “disgraceful endorsement”, noting that at no time did the party recognize “Nwankwo and his cohorts as members of the party”.
Adeyeye recalled that on August 2, 2021, the NWC-led Omoyele Sowore issued a disclaimer that Nwankwo is unknown to the party, “neither has he passed through the required constitutional processes of becoming a candidate”.
AAC called it an embarrassment that “usurpers” continue to parade themselves as members, accusing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Prof Mahmood Yakubu of fuelling “illegality”.
“It has become clearer to the public that there is no such thing as “independence” for the INEC.
“INEC become a tool in the hands of political profiteers; to disrupt the process of creating pro-people platforms aimed at challenging the political ineptitude that has reigned over the years.”
The AAC told members and supporters to disregard the “fraudulent endorsement and rise to reject the imposition of any version of the Nigerian ruining class on the commonwealth of our people”.