By Emmanuel Aziken
The Mainaasara Illo-led Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance, APDA, has distanced itself from alleged taunts against Chief Raymond Dokpesi and other principal sponsors of the newly-registered political party.
The party, in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Ide Eguabor, further affirmed that the life of the interim executive of the party, led by Mallam Kabiru Shitu, ended on June 14, as prescribed in the appointment letter handed to the former chairman and other members of the interim executive.
APDA was allegedly floated by some members of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as ‘Option B’ in the peak of PDP’s crisis, as a possible vehicle for members of the party to actualise their political aspirations if the court’s judgment had gone in favour of former factional chairman of the party, Senator Modu Ali Sheriff.
Noting that Dokpesi had since returned to PDP, Eguabor, in the statement, nevertheless decried assertions by Shitu and his allies that they remained officers of the party after the cessation of their interim appointments.
He said: “Mallam Shitu Kabiru and all other members of the APDA Interim NWC were given appointment letters whose term and conditions stated clearly that their tenure will be for a period of three months, March 14 to June 14.
“Not a single one of them had any objections at the time.
“It has become necessary to make these clarifications following a series of distorted and inaccurate and totally misleading information emanating from Shitu and his group who have resorted to violent attacks on characters and blackmail of some founding members of APDA in the social and core media.
“The APDA shall let Nigerians know soon enough why it is the only party that is different and will do all things differently to create a new lease of life for Nigeria and Nigerians.”