LABOUR Party Youth
Vanguard, yesterday,
protested against the
refusal of the Independent
National Electoral
Commission, INEC, to
remove Alhaji A. A. Salam,
from INEC’s website, after
doing the needful through
the mandatory convention,
saying “INEC is misleading
the general public”.
In a petition signed
by Abdullahi Ahmed,
Coordinator, Labour Party
Youth Vanguard, the
former party chairman
was accused of various
misconduct ranging from
fraud, embezzlement,
forgery and anti-party
activities.
“All allegations against
the former chairman stem
from a petition by the
governorship candidate
of our party in the just
concluded Anambra State
election, Engr. Christian
Ikechukwu Enemuo
wherein he accused Salam
of defrauding him of N20.5
million without giving
him the party’s ticket even
where he was the lone
candidate.
“Consequently, the
National Working
Committee of the party
met and reviewed
the allegations and a
disciplinary committee was
set up to give fair hearing
to all sides.
‘‘The former chairman,
treasurer, legal adviser
and national vice chairman
South-East refused to
appear before the committee
and another letter
requesting their response in
writing was forwarded to
them. All correspondence
as aforementioned already
stated that failure to appear
and respond will attract
consequences such as
suspension from the party
and removal from office”.
The National Working
Committee later met to
ratify the report of the
disciplinary committee
where it was agreed that
the case of fraud and
embezzlement be reported
to the police. The police
has since indicted him
for criminal conspiracy,
breach of trust and forgery.
INEC was duly informed
in writing, a 21-day notice
was duly given, the police
was informed and all
other procedures followed
diligently.
The special convention
was held on October 3,
2017. Three members of
the Independent National
Electoral Commission
monitored it, the police was
present including the media
and other stakeholders and
all the laid down rules
in our constitution were
followed to the letter. The
former chairman was
removed from office.
A new National Chairman,
Dr. Mike Omotosho,
emerged at the convention.
However, it is the
responsibility and within
the purview of political
parties to determine its
officers and communicate
same to INEC for effective
working relationship and
this has been done since
October 4 making it 121
days.
In conclusion, we urge you
to use your good office to
prevail on relevant officers
within INEC to remove
the former chairman’s
name from INEC’s website
and replace it with Dr.
Mike Omotosho, the new
Chairman,’’ the statement
read.
The letter was received by
INEC’s Assistant Director
on Security, Musa Sekpe,
who promised that the
commission will look into
the petition.

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