The crisis rocking Alliance for Democracy (AD) took a new dimension on Wednesday in Abuja as an emergency National Working Committee (NWC) meeting of the party got disrupted, leading to the arrest of two high-ranking members of the party. The arrested NWC members are the National Legal Adviser, Barrister Kehinde Aworele and the National Organizing Secretary, Abdallah Ibrahim. The national chairman of the party, Joseph Avazi, had called for the meeting at Pinecrest Hotel to address party issues. As at the time of this report, the officers were still being held.
Confirming the fracas, the publicity secretary of the party, Olayinka Nola said trouble started when the National Legal Adviser, Aworele, raised a motion that the meeting was illegal as the party’s constitutional procedure to call for a NWC meeting was not followed and no agenda was attached to the invitation. She said in his motion, Aworele, also stated that some people who were not members of the NWC were invited to the meeting and demanded to know on what capacity they were invited to the emergency meeting.
According to Nola, “Following the arrest and detention of the two principal officers of the party, the meeting was disrupted. The party had scheduled a National Executive Committee meeting on 3rdNovember 2016, which is usually preceded by a National Working Committee meeting. Majority of NWC members did not see the need for an emergency meeting a few days to the scheduled meetings. AD urges members to remain claim as the matter is being addressed.”