National Chairman of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Ralphs Nwosu, has expressed concern over ‘non-existence’ of a presidential campaign council to seek votes for the standard-bearer, Dumebi Kachikwu, in next year’s general elections.
Speaking while presenting Certificates of Return (CORs) to the party’s National Assembly candidates in Abuja, Nwosu claimed that the situation is further compounded by the non-existence of manifesto, campaign posters, billboards and campaign vehicles to project Kachikwu as their presidential flag-bearer.
He wondered why standard-bearer, who emerged victorious at the congress on June 8 this year, had chosen to embark on an alleged mission to destroy the party rather than concentrate on pursuing his presidential ambition at the 2023 poll.
The ADC chief maintained that the party remains a great brand that cannot be undermined by anybody. He added: “This party remains one of the best political parties in the country. We had one of the best national conventions in the country.
“The ADC brand was everywhere. We elected somebody who campaigned to be our presidential candidate.
We needed somebody with capacity that can bring the results we wanted. The presidential primary is now three months ago. From June 8 till date we haven’t seen the capacity yet.
“The presidential candidate doesn’t have a campaign office, no vehicles for his presidential campaign, no posters too. We know that it is easy to destroy, but nobody can destroy what God has made.”
The Anambra State-born politician, who challenged the candidates to specify if he had ever demanded for any form of gratification from them, reiterated his threat to sue Kachikwu for allegedly defaming him.
He lauded the enthusiasm and sense of commitment of the candidates, adding that it behoves them to embark on rigorous campaigns to actualise their ambitions at the poll.
The Board of Trustees (BOT) Chairman, Dr. Mani Ahmed, who made the presentation, assured them of the party support in ensuring a level-playing field during the electioneering.
He charged the youthful candidates among them not to rest on their oars to wrest power from the older generation of leaders at all strata of governance in the country.