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Action Alliance on Saturday, protested the alleged exclusion of its candidates from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) list for the 2023 general elections.

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The Party, therefore, threatened to stage a peaceful protest at the National Assembly if necessary actions are not taken.

The National Chairman of AA, Dr. Adekunle Omo-Aje, stated this at a news conference at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja.

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Omo-Aje said that INEC’s alleged failure to upload the names of all the candidates presented to it by its leadership in spite of various court orders against the recognition of the list of candidates submitted by the sacked national chairman of the party, Mr Kenneth Udeze, might jeopardise the forthcoming polls.

“We shall move to the National Assembly on a protest and to submit our protest letter, to inform our lawmakers that, if the INEC Chairman, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, is not called to order, there will be negative consequential effects on the outcome of 2023 elections.

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“We shall use all legal channels to ensure we get justice against any form of exclusion from presenting our candidates for elections, and every such election stands the chances of annulment by law,” he said.

Omo-Aje alleged that “Yakubu is covertly orchestrating a clandestine plan against the 2023 elections, and Action Alliance will not fold our arms and See our nascent democracy rubbished and wounded.”

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He said that Udeze was the party’s national chairman up to June 2019 before he was suspended and expelled.

Omo-Aje said he emerged the national chairman after a national elective convention conducted in February 2020 and monitored by INEC officials.

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He said instead of Udeze to challenge his suspension and expulsion from the party internally and through the courts, he instituted several court cases urging the courts to declare him national chairman of the party but lost all.

According to him, in spite of fulfilling all INEC electoral guidelines and requirements according to the Nigerian Constitution with the commission, the electoral umpire is “hell bent on excluding Action Alliance from the coming 2023 general elections.”

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“It has gotten to the level for us in Action Alliance to come out in the open and make categorical statements loud and clear on the rooftop to the hearing of all concerned citizens of this country.”

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