From Fred Itua, Abuja
The leadership of the African Action Congress (AAC) has disavowed its 2019 presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore, for his alleged attack on the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Mr. Godwin Emefiele.
AAC National Publicity Secretary, Mr Sylvester Cletus, in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja, said their investigation revealed that Femi Adeyeye, who defends Sowore, was behind the recent attacks on Emefiele.
The statement read: “Our attention has been drawn to a statement credited to an unknown person in the party who attacked the person of Dr Godwin Emefiele, Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, on the grounds that certain groups who felt his candidacy could make a difference and decided to purchase the All Progressives Congress (APC) Expression of Interest and Nomination Form for him.
“As a political party member of the Inter-Party Consultative Council, IPAC, the umbrella body for political parties in Nigeria which demands that other political parties not interfere in the internal affairs of other parties, African Action Congress, AAC, not to get entangled in the internal affairs of other political parties, including their primaries.
“This impostor, with whom we have established a working relationship, an expelled member of the party under whose authority he thus wrote the declaration which writhes in hatred, claimed that he was writing in the capacity of National Publicity Secretary of the African Action Congress, AAC The African Action Congress, AAC, reaffirms that the said Femi Adeyeye is unknown to the party and that the party has not authorized him or anyone else to make such a statement on his behalf.
“The party reiterates that in high-paced political seasons, it is not uncommon to find political jobbers and henchmen who not only seek relevance for themselves for selfish reasons, but who have set up overt plans to extort money from notable Nigerians through self-extortion.
“The African Action Congress, AAC, has also established that this writer was working with a group of renegades who described themselves as RevolutionNow and led by Mr. Omowole Sowore whom the African Action Congress, AAC expelled on August 9, 2019 for various misdeeds which included embezzlement of party funds, disrespect to party leadership, anti-party activities, etc.
“Let it be known that our party is not interested in the primaries or any other question concerning the APC because they remain the internal affairs of the party. If Sowore, who is not a member of the African Action Congress, AAC, has personal issues to settle with the CBN Governor, he should do so without dragging our party’s name into his personal battle. For us as a party, we have more than enough on our plates as far as the current political dispensation is concerned than meddling in the internal affairs of the APC or any other political party for that matter.
“The African Action Congress, AAC, informs the general public with this statement that the alleged statement issued in its name attacking the CBN Governor does not emanate from our major party even as we call on law enforcement to arrest Mr. Omoyele Sowore and his cohorts for breaching the terms of his bail condition and tarnishing the name of our great party for his selfish and malicious interest.