The Lagos State Chapter of the African Alliance Congress (AAC) on Sunday frowned against the sacking of Omoyele Sowore, saying it would not recognise Leonard Nzenwa as the national chairman of the party.
Recall that the AAC during its national convention held in Owerri, the Imo State capital, on August 9, expelled Sowore and 28 others from the party for alleged anti-party activities and insubordination at the convention.
The Publicity Secretary of the party in the Lagos State, Elias Ozikpu, in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, described Nzenwa as an impostor, saying that Sowore remained the AAC national chairman.
He said the convention in which Sowore was purportedly expelled and Nzenwa announced was a ‘kangaroo arrangement” by those hell-bent on hijacking the party.
Ozikpu pointed out that Nzenwa had earlier been expelled from the party at a recent convention in Abuja, saying there was no way the Lagos AAC and genuine members would recognise him as chairman.
“Nzenwa is not the chairman of the party. We don’t recognise him in Lagos AAC and genuine members of the party don’t recognise him as chairman.
“Our chairman remains Mr Omoyele Sowore and that is the leader we all know. Nzenwa is just an impostor, who just wants to hijack the party and that is why he and others went to Owerri to announce the expulsion of Sowore.
“But the questions to ask are: why Owerri? Is Owerri the headquarters of the party? Who and who were at the so-called convention where he was announced as chairman? The whole thing was a kangaroo arrangement.
“We had our national convention recently in Abuja and the same Nzenwa was expelled by the party while a vote of confidence was passed on Sowore. So Nzenwa can’t claim to be national chairman.
“The national secretary of the party is putting a disclaimer in newspapers to counter Nzenwa’s claim. He is not our chairman and we don’t recognise him.”
Sowore is presently in the Department of State Services (DSS) custody over RevolutionNow protests.
Ozikpu urged members to keep faith with the party and remain loyal to Sowore even with his current travail.