APM to INEC: Impostors are misrepresenting our party

The National Chairman of the Allied People’s Movement (APM), Alhaji Muhammed M Bagana, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the general public to be wary of impostors claiming to be executives of the party.

Addressing a press conference Thursday in Abuja, Bagana said the National Working Committee of the party suspended Yusuf Mamman Dantalle and his cohort, Ayodele Oyadaiyi Adebayo, both former National Chairman and Secretary, respectively, for misuse of office, flagrant abuse of the Party’s Constitution and other party instruments of authority.

He said: “Allied People’s Movement (APM) is one of the existing political parties in our dear country, Nigeria with prospects of turning out credible leaders in Nigeria with its enviable motto of “integrity, sacrifice, service.”

“Unfortunately,an impostor called Yusuf Mamman Dantalle has been parading his incredible personality as the National Chairman of the Party, which he uses as a trademark to enjoy patronage from stakeholders and the general public to the detriment of the party and its genuine members desirous to offer credible services to the citizens.

“You will recall that our Party has been in the news among bloggers, the conventional print and electronic media, as well as the social media since February, 2022, when two third majority of members of the National Working Committee of our dear Party suspended Yusuf Mamman Dantalle and his cohort, Ayodele Oyadaiyi Adebayo, both former National Chairman and Secretary, respectively, for misuse of office, flagrant abuse of the Party’s Constitution and other party instruments of authority as well as guidelines of effective party administration and management by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). 

“His attitude led to a suit instituted against him and the Party in the Federal High Court, Abuja, by two aggrieved members of the party who were victims of his actions. Furthermore, his characteristics of ‘I know it all” and individualistic operational model led him to collecting money for Party Nomination Fees through his personal account from a Governorship Candidate of Anambra State during the off-season election in 2021 to the tune of N17m. 

“This he attested to doing by confirmation of his action with presentation of his personal Bank Account Statement to the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) in the presence of other police officers and party members, upon investigation of the petition written to the Commissioner of Police, FCT Command by party members, where such transaction of N1m each at daily transfers of N4m was seen to have taken place from the same source in his bank statement. 

“Such criminal act is condemnable for an ordinary citizen not to talk of the leader of a political party that brandishes integrity, sacrifice, service to the public, moreso serving as platform that seek to bring up leaders for the country.

“Permit to me to express my personal embarrassment and the collective embarrassment of our party members that such a character was the leader of our party, engaging with the general public and even representing us at some point in the Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC).”

He added: “We call on the general public this day to see Yusuf Mamman Dantalle as an impostor and not the National Chairman of our party, the Allied Peoples’ Movement (APM). Anyone transacting with him on this premise does so at his/her own risk. I therefore declare to our stakeholders, especially IPAC, INEC, Civil Society Organizations, and other political parties that Yusuf Mamman Dantalle does not represent our party, APM in any capacity whatsoever. 

“Furthermore, kindly note that there is an existing Federal High Court Judgement that dissolved the leadership of Yusuf Mamman Dantalle at all levels and transferred administration and management of the Party to Members of the Board of Trustees for 3 months, within which congresses and convention be conducted to democratically elect officers of the party at all levels. This has been successfully done, and I am the National Chairman of our great party, the APM.

“I want to make a special appeal to the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to kindly look at the merits of the Court Order and implement the provisions of the Court Judgement of 20th May 2022 with a view to supporting the entrenchment of our democratic process. You would recall, sir, that we have written several letters to your office, drawing your attention to this. We want to once again use this medium to draw your attention to do the needful.

“The substantive case Yusuf Mamman Dantalle is pursuing in the Court of Appeal is just a smoke screen to enable him utilize the time to perfect his buying and selling of candidates’ ambition which clearly played out during the recently concluded general elections for personal gains to the detriment of the growth and development of the party and its members.

“INEC Chairman Sir, Yusuf Mamman Dantalle is an impostor. Disassociate yourself and your organisation from him and recognise the elected members of the National Working Committee led by my humble self for the benefit of our citizens. Copies of the court judgement are not far-fetched for your necessary action.

“I call on IPAC to take this as a clarion cal to effect the necessary changes in its leadership where Yusuf Mamman Dantalle is the National Secretary. This press conference, I believe, is an eye opener to many people who might not have known the personality of this imposter.

“In addition, there is an existing 4-Count Charges against Yusuf Dantalle at the Lokoja Federal High Court 1, instituted by the Department of State Security and  bordering on security threats of his personality since 2021.

“My message here is simple: INEC, recognise my leadership as the National Chairman of National Working Committee of Allied Peoples’ Movement.

“To IPAC, you now have the facts, as your election is fast approaching. APM will not be represented by Dantalle because he is not an official of our party. There are a series of incriminating instances around his person and should not be kept for too long to smear the integrity of the noble leadership group.”