The African Action Congress (AAC) has suspended its former presidential candidate in the February 23 election, Omoyele Sowore, over financial misappropriation.
Sowore, who’s the party’s national chairman, was suspended by the National Executive Committee (NEC) for alleged anti-party activities.
He was suspended during a special NEC meeting held in Abuja on Monday, as the party’s national secretary, Leonard Nzenwa, was immediately sworn in as acting chairman.
The committee disclosed that Sowore’s suspension takes effect from March 27 and will last for six months unless the decision is overturned by a national convention of the party.
Addressing the party supporters at Monday’s NEC meeting, Nzenwa accused Sowore and his associates of brazen acts that only fueled his own personal ambition at the detriment of the party’s democratic values.
He said, “Since our party was registered, fellow party men and women, it has failed to hold the constitutional mandatory meetings. Huge monies, millions of naira and dollars have not properly been accounted for, particularly, hundreds of millions of dollars raised for our party’s presidential candidate.
“Allegations of foreign funds which were allowed to flow into the party in contravention of the provision of the 1999 constitution and the Electoral Act and were utilised by the party’s presidential candidate and certain individuals without knowledge of the party have been clearly established by all.
“We cannot be seen to be doing what the people we’re criticising are doing.”
Sowore was elected the party’s national chairman shortly after it was registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in August 2018.