The Action Alliance (AA) has disowned Tunde Anifowose-Kelani, its presidential candidate, and Shaka Paul Ofemile, his running mate, endorsing the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Goodluck Jonathan as its standard bearer.
Addressing journalists in Abuja weekend, Kenneth Udeze, national secretary of the party, said the party did not send their names to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). He wondered why the commission had published their names as the party’s presidential candidates and running mate, respectively.
Udeze said the presidential candidate was under suspension by the party, accusing INEC of corruption and calling on the commission to beam its search light on the department of political parties monitoring liaison. He said the party had written to INEC on the issue, adding that the commission had recognised another non-member of the party as the party’s House of Representatives candidate for Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in the forthcoming elections without the con- sent of the party.
He insisted that the party did not conduct presidential primary in accordance with the party’s constitution, INEC guidelines and regulations for political parties 2013 and the Electoral Act 2010 (as amended). He said: “The leadership of Action Alliance do hereby dis- own and disclaim the purported presidential candidate and his purported running mate and urge the general public not to recognise them as our party’s presidential flagbearers.
“We wish to inform you that Action Alliance does not have a presidential candidate for the 2015 general elections and based on the tremendous achievements recorded by President Goodluck Jonathan in all sectors of the economy despite security challenges in the country; our party hereby unanimously and unconditionally endorses President Jonathan for a second term”.