Angry APC hopefuls who stood down at last Saturday’s national convention have vowed to sue the party if they are not repaid their fees.
President Muhammadu Buhari nominated former Nasarawa State governor, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, for APC national chairman and urged other contenders to step down.
The president also ordered the party’s senior brass to return money spent by candidates on expressions of interest and nomination papers, including those running for other positions.
Following this, many candidates dropped out. The candidates for the chairmanship withdrew on March 25, 2022.
Senator George Akume, Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, signed the letter.
Former Nasarawa State governor, Senator Tanko Al-Makura; Minister of Special Duties, Senator George Akume; former Zamfara State governor, Abdulaziz Yari; senator representing Niger East, Mohammed Sani Musa; and former CPC deputy national chairman, Saliu Mustapha and Saidu Etsu all stepped down for Adamu.
Also, several candidates for various posts resigned to allow for consensus, however those who resigned on the convention grounds claim their money was not repaid.
“If our money is not repaid, we will have no choice but to sue,” one of them added.
“What happened in the APC is a dangerous omen for democracy. But a presidential decree should be noted. This directive must be properly followed or face legal consequences.”
Several hopefuls have already decided to petition Buhari, while others have written to the Senator Adamu-led National Working Committee (NWC) seeking their money.
Another Southern contender who stood down at the convention said the party feared losing the 2023 general election.
“It’s a shame we’re here. APC still has impunity. But I can guarantee we will rebel if our money is not repaid due to their beliefs,” he stated.
However, a new member of the Adamu-led NWC told Daily Trust that the unhappy candidates should wait for the party to resolve the problem.
Our correspondent in Abuja on Monday and Tuesday says that Adamu has failed to resume office since his inauguration on Sunday.
Sunny Sylvester Moniedafe, a party chieftain from Adamawa state, said he would not defect but remain in the APC to combat impunity and injustice.
Moniedafe resigned on the convention grounds, citing his displeasure with the process.
Consensus, he continued, is a threat to democracy if not managed properly.