KINGSLEY Moghalu has resigned his membership of the African Democratic Congress (ADC) days after failing to pick the party’s presidential ticket.
In the resignation letter he addressed to ADC chairman, Okey Nwosu, Moghalu said he resigned from the party due to alleged corrupt practices that occurred during the party’s presidential primary election.
“I am writing to hand in my resignation of my membership of the African Democratic Congress, effective immediately.
“I have resigned because the process and conduct of the party’s presidential primary on June 8, 2022, at Abeokuta revealed a fundamental clash of values between me and your leadership of the party,” parts of Moghalu’s letter read.
He alleged that the party leadership failed to provide transportation and accommodation for party delegates as promised despite donations from him and other presidential aspirants.
“Despite the circular you issued a few days to the primary committing the party to providing transportation and accommodation for delegates to and in Abeokuta, and which as we agreed would provide a level playing field for all the presidential aspirants, the party under your leadership failed to do so.
“Some aspirants, including myself, made donations to the party’s account as requested for this purpose. This failure, which appeared intentional, created room for massive abuses of the electoral process, including delegate capture and financial inducement of delegates,” he added.
Moghalu, who lost the party’s presidential ticket after polling 589 votes to come second to the winner, Dumebi Kachikwu who garnered 977 votes, claimed he lost due to the “cash and carry” practices in the party.
“This is only one of the numerous inconsistencies and absence of transparency and predictability in the management of the party that I had progressively complained about.
“As you are well aware, I have consistently resisted pressures to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) or the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) precisely to avoid ‘cash-and-carry’ politics. For me to remain a member of the ADC therefore, after what thousands of party members participated in at Abeokuta, would be to endorse political corruption of a most obscene order.
“I joined the ADC in October 2021 with the best of intentions. Since then, I have put my entire team to work on growing and improving the party, including raising the party’s visibility on all media platforms, recruiting more than 10,000 new members to the party, and providing new offices for various state chapters of the party at my expense.
“It is deeply regrettable that other inducements appear to have played more important roles in determining the outcome of the primary than loyalty to the party,” he added.
Moghalu was presidential candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP) in the 2019 general elections.