Former Presidential candidate of the African Action Congress, Omoyele Sowore has been denied by a faction of the party as its candidate for the 2023 presidential election.
The faction made this claim in a statement released through its National Publicity Secretary, Sylvester Cletus, on Wednesday.
According to the statement, the presidential candidate of the party in the last general elections had been expelled from the party in 2019.
The faction noted that it had to clear the air following claims that Sowore is the presidential candidate of the party in 2023.
Cletus stated that Sowore was removed from the party for violating the party’s constitution, and misappropriation of funds.
Cletus further stated, “The African Action Congress wishes to notify the general public that Mr Omoyele Sowore was expelled on August 9, 2019, at the party’s National Convention held in Owerri, Imo State. He was first suspended from the party in May 2019 and his suspension was upheld by a Court of Competent Jurisdiction in Nigeria.
“Thereafter, the highest decision making body of the party at the 2019 convention, indicted him for flagrance disobedience to the party’s constitution, doubling as party’s National Chairman and presidential candidate, that is, solely holding two positions and other positions in the party same time, proven allegations of financial misappropriation, disrespect to constituted authority (the State) and leadership of the party, and for anti-party activities.
“The importance of this is that legally, Omoyele Sowore is not a member of our party, the African Action Congress, AAC and democratically, his membership right has been withdrawn.
“It is important that these clarifications are made so that the general public is not swindled as the said Omoyele Sowore has erected a grandiose scamming scheme to dupe people when he’s fully aware that he is not an aspirant or candidate of the African Action Congress, AAC in the upcoming polls.
“In the light of the above, the general public should be wary of Mr Omoyele Sowore and his accomplices, as they are not in any position to determine the administration of our party nor on how we recruit aspirants for elections including how our forms are made available to the general public.”