Strong indications emerged Friday that the presidential candidate of the Action Alliance (AA), Major Hamzat Al-Mustapha, and party’s governorship candidates in Kwara and Ogun states may not contest on the party’s platform in the 2023 general elections.
Blueprint reliably gathered that Al-Mustapha and other candidates of the party may be consumed by the crisis rocking the party.
It was also learnt that Al-Mustapha and other affected candidates reportedly belonged to a faction of the party headed by Mr. Kenneth Udeze who had been reportedly suspended and subsequently expelled.
This, a senior official of the party, who did not want his name in print, told our reporter that it might affect other candidates who did not have the backing of Hon. Adekunle Rufai Omoaje-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.
Prominent among the affected contestants are the party’s governorship candidates in Kwara state, Mr. Daodu Mogaji, and his counterpart in Ogun state, Dr. Olufemi Adeyemi.
The source claimed that the National Think Tank of the party, which is the highest ruling organ of the party, had expelled Udeze from the party.
The source said Udeze did not challenge his suspension and subsequent expulsion from the party in any court of competent jurisdiction until date.
However, it was also learnt that Udeze approached a lower court after the Court of Appeal had upheld his expulsion but failed to join the leadership
of the party in the suit he instituted.
Recall that the Abuja division of the Court of Appeal had on 7th January 2022 in its ruling upheld the suspension and expulsion of Udeze, declaring that his (Udeze) inability to challenge his suspension and subsequent expulsion from the party validated it.
Another source within the party told our reporter that only the candidates presented to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by Hon. Adekunle Rufai Omoaje “who is the authentic and recognised National Chairman of the party will be recognised by INEC” as efforts were on top gear to present the candidates to INEC through the court.