The Presidential Candidate of the Alliance for New Nigeria, Fela Durotoye has written to the party chairman on his alleged involvement with the ruling All Progressive Congress.
It was reported that the APC had planned to destabilize the ANN with the injection of about N1.3 billion to be distributed to some party members with Fela Durotoye taking the lump sum.
He however denied the allegation and wrote to the chairman on his stance on the matter.
Read his letter below:
Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN)
My attention has been brought to a statement credited to the Gbenga Olawepo – Hashim Presidential campaign organization dated September 28, 2018 and signed by its Director General, Rt. Hon. Terseer Tsumba which insinuates the following:
1. That a “certain Presidential aspirant is fronting for some powerful interests in the All Progressive Congress (APC) to destabilize the Alliance for New Nigeria”
Being the only other Presidential Aspirant apart from Mr. Hashim on our great party, it is important that I respond to these false & misleading allegations.
For the avoidance of doubt, I wish to inform you that I have never been a member of any political party prior to joining the Alliance for New Nigeria on the 22nd of February, 2018, nor have I ever supported or been associated with any political party, especially the All Progressive Congress (APC)
2. “This Presidential Aspirant pretending to be campaigning for the Office of President launched a series of attacks on the party in the build up to her congresses and National Convention”
As you are aware, there were several concerns that myself, Dr. Thomas Wilson Ikubese & Dr. (Mrs) Elishama Ideh had about the direction our party was going as we didn’t feel the principles of fair play and true democracy that had drawn us to ANN were being upheld.
We had communicated our concerns via email to the Interim Chairman, Dr. Jay Samuels and copied the Board of Trustees and we decided at the time, not to attend the previous National Convention scheduled for the 11th of August, 2018.
Please let it be known for the record that I never at any time, used a public statement to “attack the party”
3. “This is in order to foist a prematurely organized Presidential Primary election on the party with the intent of producing a desired outcome by the ruling APC”
As a non Executive member of the Alliance for New Nigeria, I am not privy to deliberations of the National Working Committee or Board of Trustees, therefore, I can not be responsible for decisions the party makes towards scheduling conventions or primary elections.
4. “This so called Presidential Aspirant also circulated disparaging remarks aimed at impugning the credibility of our principal in social media…”
Such statements are contrary to my personal values, one of which is to “care and show respect through my words and actions”.
I have consistently run a unifying campaign that promotes values of respect & decency, without any direct or indirect attack on any candidate and have maintained a cordial relationship with Mr. Olawepo – Hashim.
I presume that our party is committed to principles of Transparency, Integrity & Excellence (TIE) in the quest for free and fair primaries.
I would appreciate if you could kindly look into and address these issues.
My continued best wishes are to Mr. Olawepo- Hashim and my commitment remains to the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN).
God bless you.
God bless the Alliance for New Nigeria and may God bless The Federal Republic of Nigeria.