One of the 18 INEC accredited political parties in Nigeria, African Democratic Congress (ADC), announced in Abuja on Monday, April 6, 2020 that it has reserved a Deputy National Chairmanship slot and other top level positions in the party for Nigerians in the Diaspora.
In an address by Mr. Ralphs Okey Nwosu, National Chairman of African Democratic Congress, to ADC Diaspora Members in Europe, presented online on Monday April 6, 2020, the party chairman said, “In order to have Nigerians in the Diaspora participate in the overall decision making processes of the party, the position of a Deputy National Chairman (Diaspora Engagement), and three other positions are specially reserved for members of ADC in the diaspora. These are National Working Committee positions.”
Mr. Nwosu added that, “ADC Diaspora Network (ADC-DN) is to appoint a member each from the various continents where ADC is present into the ADC Board of Trustees, BOT. Also the chairpersons of the various ADC-DN continent bodies qualify as members of National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party.”
The party chairman also explained that, “The BOT, NWC and NEC are the three main decision making organs of the party. The NATIONAL CONVENTION is open to all members but voting rights is restricted to only accredited delegates. We believe that the best way to engage and get quality results in a national political party like ours is to put a variety of members in the decision making loop.”
The appointment of Nigerians abroad to the highest decision making organs of ADC is the first of its kind in the political history of the country. This is the first time we will see such a development in Nigerian politics from 1923 when the first political party, Nigerian National Democratic Party (NNDP), was founded by Herbert Macaulay, till date.
The African Democratic Congress (ADC) is currently the 3rd largest political party in Nigeria in terms of national spread, and the 4th in terms of elected persons. The party was first registered in 2016 with the aims of championing the transformation of Nigeria, evolving a new paradigm of political leadership, building a pan-Nigeria and inclusive government ecosystem, and putting Nigeria on a super-power trajectory.
At different times, Prof. Pat Utomi, Dr. Mani Ahmad and Dr. Obadiah Mailafia were presidential candidates on the ADC platform. In 2018, former President Olusegun Obasanjo, after due diligence and what he said was critical scrutiny of the party leadership, constitution and ideology of ADC, publicly endorsed the party. ADC advocates for total INCLUSION: gender, diaspora, youth, PWD (people with disabilities) and vulnerable persons in the affairs of party, state and in governance.
This piece is presented by the Media and Communications Unit ADC Diaspora Network Europe, London, UK