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Ahead of the 2023 poll, the National Chairman of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Chief Ralph Nwosu is on the verge of replacing its presidential candidate, Mr Dumebi Kachikwu.

In effect, the party led by Chief Ralph Nwosu is holding an extraordinary national convention in Zaria to achieve the goal.

Speaking at the start of the Convention, Nwosu disclosed that no fewer than 1400 members of the party would be vying for various elective positions in the 2023 poll adding that the party now boasts over two million supporters across the country.

The ADC chief who recalled the personal sacrifice he made to keep the party afloat over the years expressed optimism that the party would perform creditably well in the 2023 poll.

He expressed regrets over the party’s decision to hand its presidential ticket to Kachikwu and appoint Senator Patricia Akwashiki as chairman of the board of trustees of the party.

Said he: “Some people may never understand the daunting tasks involved in building a political party anew. Many times after elections there is a mass exodus. Founders can never abandon a vision-driven mission even when all others desert.

” We have witnessed over 120 political parties deregistered within these years. The faith of leaders is constantly under trial; in June 2020, our rent was due and we needed to relocate. We had BOT Members and Members in the National and States Assemblies whom we reached out to, but no one showed up. Again, as one of the founders and National Chairman, I had to sell a property I had bought in 1993 to again rescue the party. All my colleagues have sacrificed their time, resources and good efforts to fully establish the ADC vision as a rock-solid institution. To God the Glory.”

Continuing, he noted: “To grow the party two years ago, we decided to appoint a few persons as BOT members and made Mrs Patricia Akwashiki, who joined our party in 2019 after losing out in PDP primaries as Chairman BOT in 2020.

“What she made of the BOT is another lesson that will shape our history and learning curve. The most significant assignments were one, to grow the BOT membership to quality Nigerians who could truly help the party in all aspects. The second was the assignment to conduct due diligence on all 2023 Presidential and Governorship Aspirants of the party.

“Today, we live with the outcome of the Presidential screening; Mrs Akwashiki and Mr Dumebi Kachikwu have colluded in their attempt to steal our party. We leave them both and a few of their ill-omened cohorts to their conscience and God’s judgment.

“As faithful party leaders and delegates, this convention presents all of us a pathway to save our party and build it to an institution that will redefine the course of development of Nigeria and Africa.”