" ITREALMS: Dele Alake lacks knowledge of NADECO says Ralph Obioha, insists Soyinka never a member, Lloyd Ukwu legitmate - ITREALMS

Friday, March 10, 2023

Dele Alake lacks knowledge of NADECO says Ralph Obioha, insists Soyinka never a member, Lloyd Ukwu legitmate - ITREALMS

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Former head of the 
National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), North America, Chief Ralph Obioha has refuted claims that Prof. Wole Soyinka was a member of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) and called out Dele Alake for lack of factual knowledge of the pro-democracy body, reports ITREALMS.
Dele Alake lacks knowledge of NADECO says Ralph Obioha, insists Soyinka never a member, Lloyd Ukwu legitmate - ITREALMS
Chief Obioha was reacting to the diatribe by Dele Alake who claimed to be a special adviser to Bola Ahmed Tinubu, describing him as a johnny-just come on the batter of NADECO.

Part of the reaction by Chief Obioha read:
"My attention has been drawn to a Press Statement titled: “Public Alert on Nefarious Agenda of NADECO impostor, Lloyd Ukwu, in the United States of America,” dated 9th March, 2023 and signed by one Dele Alake, the Special Adviser to Bola Ahmed Tinubu."
NADECO  & Lloyd Ukwu: Right of reply to Dele Alake by Ralph Obioha  - ITREALMS
Obioha said that he was reacting based on his capacity as a NADECO chieftain and it’s former Head in North America, and having read the diatribe by Dele Alake and being aware of the ignoble intentions behind it, below therefore is his considered response to it.

As said by him, Prof Wole Soyinka as claimed by Alake, was never a member of NADECO, stressing that at the time, he had
contemporaneously formed his own group known as NALCO and which, according to him, was aimed at forming a Nigerian Government in exile. Soyinka’s role in NADECO was limited to occasional collaborations because NADECO saw him as someone who was generally pursuing goals somewhat similar to that of NADECO.

He pointed out that Attorney Lloyd Ukwu (the person disparaged by Dele Alake in his Press Statement) was a major pillar in the NADECO struggle, especially in the American continents, comprising of the United States, Canada and some South American countries. When NADECO had no kobo, Dr Ukwu sponsored three air tickets to Ottawa, Canada, one to Haiti and funded costly outreaches to many
countries, including Taiwan.

Initially, he revealed that Dr Ukwu donated a befitting office space for NADECO in the prestigious Georgetown area of Washington DC, USA and he went on to later secure an exclusive-use office for NADECO directly opposite the headquarters of the FBI.

"This was deliberately done to ensure that NADECO and its principal officers like my humble self are completely protected by our proximity to the seat of United States apex security agency," Obioha said.

He went on to describe "This Dele Aleke is a johnny-come-lately who does not have any factual knowledge of what he is talking about in the said Press Statement. He cleverly but clumsily avoided talking about me, even
as it is in the public domain that I was the head of NADECO USA and Canada. He did not even have the basic decency of mentioning Chief John Oyegun, who like Lloyd Ukwu, played a diverse mix of pivotal roles.

"In the same vein, this Dele Alake minimized the major roles of our heroes past, such as Chief Anthony Enahoro, Rear Admiral Ndubisi Kanu, Air Commodore Dan Sulueman, Chief Ralph Uwaechie, etc. Needless mentioning the names of high foreign officials who went beyond the call of duty to carry our burden for us and, through NADECO, helped us restore democracy in Nigeria," he said.

"For the record and because Alake was indirectly playing the ethnic card, let me state that Dr Lloyd Ukwu is married to a Yoruba lady by name of Remi, a prominent pharmacist in the United States. His children are therefore half-Yoruba. It is a gross injustice to the contributions of Ukwu to our noble struggle to enthrone civil rule in Nigeria to suggest that he or NADECO, as presently constituted are working for Peter Obi.

"For the record, we worked for and are still working for enthronement of true democracy in Nigeria based on the popular will of Nigerians, as expressed through free and fair elections."

In conclusion, Chief Obioha emphasised that Attorney Lloyd Ukwu is legitimate; his NADECO activities and credentials are legitimate; and he has the inalienable right to hold his political opinion, especially when geared to helping our democracy to flourish through a credible electoral process. 

"We indeed need more activists like him," he asserted.

Remmy Nweke/DoP

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