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Udeze debunks suspension claims, says he remains Action Alliance chairman



Kenneth Udeze

Kenneth Udeze has refuted claims that he has been sacked as National Chairman of Action Alliance (AA).

Udeze, who spoke at a media briefing in Abuja on Thursday, said he was still the chairman of AA and that Vernimbe James remained the National Secretary of the party.

He was reacting to claims by the party that he and James had been suspended as chairman and secretary respectively.

According to him, the purported suspension from the party was wrong, false, misleading, and should be ignored.

He noted that the matter of their purported suspension was a subject of litigation at the Federal High Court in Nyanya, Abuja, and Federal High Court in Action Alliance v. Kenneth Udeze and one other of suit no. FCT/HC/CV/2263/2019 and Hon Adekunle Rufai Omoaje & 1 Other V. Barr. Kenneth Udeze & Others of suit no: FHC/OS/CS/23/2018.

He said, “The matters are sub-judice and that being the case, it amounted to affront in the face of the judiciary and executive rascality for someone from INEC (Independent National Electoral Commission) informing us that we are on suspension which tends to pre-empt the court, the commission passing its judgment before the court delivers its own; and that could be traced as contempt of court.

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“It is not for the commission to play the roles of the party and the judge by unilaterally informing us of the suspension and passing its judgment without waiting for the outcome of the cases pending in courts of law.

“Those claiming to have suspended us on June 14 never complied with the party’s Constitution Article 14(3) and Sections 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 and 36 of the INEC guidelines and regulations of political parties 2013, hence our purported suspension was a mere empty threat, hence invalid.”

He therefore urged INEC to shun any correspondence claiming he and James had been suspended.

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