That the Nigerian nation is in a socio-political turmoil is a given. Never in the history of Nigeria has it come as close to tribal, ethnic, religious and social disconnect as at present. It is our view that the destabilizing factor is rooted in horizontal administrative structures of the imperialists which promoted conflicts and mistrust amongst the peoples of Nigeria. This challenge was worsened by the absence of nationally accepted ideology and social cohesion programs and conflict resolution mechanisms.

The outcome of this governance structure was that while the “political class” saw the need to join forces in the struggle for self-determination, very little was done to build a common consensus among the citizenry. The aftermath is the prevailing leaning of the citizenry to cultural, ethnic and religious affiliations. This position which is rarely acknowledged in our national discuss, formed the sub-structure on which our founding fathers built the nation and has remained the greatest inhibitor to evolving a national ideology that encapsulates our building a strong indivisible and egalitarian nation. This mix of the colonial and post-colonial inhibitors has continued to bedevil Nigeria, and against the acceptable levels of tolerance hitherto, has reached a crescendo of better imagined proportions arising from the prominence of cultural and religious grand standing in the political process and the recruitment of both elected and appointed public officers in Nigeria. It is with this understanding that we came together in cognizance of our right to association and our commitment to build social cohesion and return Nigeria to the path of economic prosperity through the delivery of integrity, honor, dexterity and zero based level for ineptitude, nepotism and corruption in the service of our motherland.

In view of above; We Do Hereby and Solemnly Resolve to organise ourselves into a political organisation that would be fully involved in partisan politics in Nigeria, and by so, agree to equally give unto ourselves the following constitution that will ensure that our people participate fully in the politics of our country, having all agreed and accepted that all our conduct shall be bound and directed by its provision.

Article 1: CORPORATE IDENTITY The name of the Party shall be ALLIANCE OF SOCIAL DEMOCRATS ("hereinafter in this Constitution referred to as "The Party" and with the acronym "ASD").

Article 2: CONSTITUTION OF THE ORGANISATION In line with the dictates and the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, this Constitution shall be supreme and its provisions shall have binding force on all members and organs of the party.

Article 3: MOTTO The motto of the Party shall be "PROSPERITY AND HARMONY"

Article 4: SLOGAN ASD, Lamp of the Nation. ASD, Prosperity. ASD, Harmony

Article 5: LOGO/PARTY SYMBOLS The Party’s Logo and Symbol is “A Lit Lantern in Front of a Green Watermarked Nigerian Map Sitting in a Gold Shield with the party Acronym (ASD) written on a gold colour ribbon

Article 6: REGISTERED OFFICE In line with the provisions of the electoral act as amended, the registered head office of the Party shall be in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Other offices for the party shall be located in all the states of Nigeria and outside the shores of the country in line with the provisions of the electoral act and the party constitution.

Article 7: MEETINGS All official meetings shall be held at the Party offices, except in cases where such meetings are evidently not possible in the approved locations. Such meetings shall be approved by two-thirds of the members of the Party’s Executive Committee at such levels.

Article 8: CHARACTER AND ETHICS

a) The party’s primary ethical thrust is to ensure that all its members who seek to use the Party’s platform to contest for public office, must be persons of impeccable integrity with the highest standards of service delivery and above all are free from any scandal and criminal prosecution.

b) The party shall respect the cultural and religious affiliations of its members with special attention to gender inclusiveness and sensitivity.

c) In seeking for public office the party shall respect the ethical characterisations of the country.

Article 9: SET GOALS OF THE PARTY

As a political party seeking power and as a political party in government, the Party shall;

1) Seek to participate in the democratic process with a view of providing efficient, integrity based and result oriented qualitative and effectual governance across all the strata of governance in Nigeria.

2) Promote national social cohesion and integration, through the identification and pursuit of common shared values that would foster unity, harmony and prosperity across the nation.

3) Ensure the safety of lives and properties of every person in Nigeria through the deployment of world class, real time security infrastructure that would align private and public security organisations so as to develop a quick response program to trouble spots.

4) Develop modern infrastructure for the development of animal husbandry through the establishment of feedlots and integrators that would form a nexus between herder farmer and off takers of both products of herders and farmers.

5) Eliminate the growing poverty and despondency in the country through focus on technology supported food production programs.

6) Change the existing sub-contacting valorisation production model to full value processing production model on all raw materials exported out of the country.

7) Develop the nation’s moribund industrial and steel sectors, through the establishment of mines for steel making raw materials and the utilisation of the products from the steel sectors for the development of allied infrastructure in the country.

8) Promote 30% of all its appointive and elective positions to women, out of which 5% shall be for women with special needs.

9) Promote 30% of all its elective and appointive positions for its members aged between 18- 45 years.

10) Promote that 15% of the 30% for its members between the ages of 18-35 years, 15% for its members between the ages of 36-46 years, while 6% will be for members in both age brackets with special needs.

11) Promote fiscal federalism through the review of the existing exclusive and concurrent list of governance.

12) Review the existing governance structure to promote inclusive governance through decentralisation of power and devolution of responsibilities.

13) Evolve inclusive social welfare schemes that would ensure that every Nigerian has access to the basics of life (housing, food, clothing, transportation, health care, education, portable and safe water and security of lives and property).

14) Tackle corruption through the review of the existing governance structures, strengthen all the existing anti-corruption institutions, and establish corruption alert programs in all public institutions.

15) Develop national integrated and common shared infrastructure through the establishment of resource based economic corridors that would be based on clear private investment driven cash flow based project development models.

16) Eradicate nepotism, intolerance, discrimination, impunity and abuse of any citizen on the account of class or creed.

17) Explore all available alternative energy resources in the country with special focus on (solar, wind, bio-gas, bio-mass, small hydro, non-associated gas and coal) for the development of target focused energy programs at the community levels in the country).

18) Energise the Community Development Associations (CDAs) as listed in the constitution through the development of tiered economic activities that would be aligned to the resource based economic corridors.

19) Establish climate smart community based agro-allied resource centres across all the wards in the country to enhance sustainable food production.

20) Promote Public-Private Sector collaborations and partnerships in the development of national infrastructure and establishment of industrial parks across the country.

21) Embark on the rehabilitation and return to service of all existing but dysfunctional production or processing facilities in the natural resources sector in partnership with the private sector with special focus on the Mining, Water Resources and Agriculture sectors.

22) Establish special funding support programs for the industrial sector, with special focus on the textile, petrochemicals, fertilizer and building materials sector.

23) Develop and pursue dynamic foreign policies that would ensure the country’s dominance of the regions trade and commendable market share of the global market for its locally manufactured products.

24) Promote policies that would guarantee citizens fundamental human rights and freedom in line with the provisions of the constitution, and

25) Ensure the pursuit of all the listed programs shall be in conformity with the provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Article 10: THE GUIDING PRINCIPLE OF THE PARTY’S MANIFESTO

The Party’s manifesto, which is its social contract with Nigerians shall in line with the extant laws of the country, capture its programs upon which it would seek elections into public electable offices in the country. All members seeking for public office through the platform of the party must undertake to pursue in full, all the provisions of the Party’s manifesto and further undertake to allow the Party to conduct detailed background check on their suitability for public office based on the standards set by the party and subject to the provisions of the Nigerian constitution.

Article 11: MEMBERSHIP

Membership of the Party shall be open to all Nigerians who are not below the age of 18 years and irrespective of ethnic grouping or religious affiliation, place of residence and who undertake to abide by the constitution of the party, provided that such a person is not:

i.  A member of any other political Party or any other organization whose policies and programmes are inconsistent with those of the Party.

ii.  Must not be a member of any association prohibited by law and/or unknown to the Nigerian Constitution.

Article 12: APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP

i.  In view of technological advancements and the direct participation of qualified members to engage through technology in the programs of the party, all intending members can register through the party’s web portal but in so doing must indicate ward where his/her records would be domiciled.

ii.  Members can also register at the community, polling unit, ward, LGA, Zonal, State and National offices of the party.

Article 13: CUSTODY OF MEMBERSHIP REGISTERS

i.   A register of members shall be kept and held concurrently in analogue and digital forms in the Ward, Local Government Area, State and National levels and also on the database server of the Party.

ii.   The party membership register shall be computerized to ensure control and to avoid fraud.

Article 14: RIGHTS AND OBLIGATIONS ARISING FROM MEMBERSHIP

i.   All registered members shall be entitled to temporary membership cards or slips at the point of registration.

ii.   All registered members are obligated to accept all the aims, objectives, principles, values, policies, programmes and manifesto of the party.

iii.   All registered members are obligated to pay registration and other prescribed Party fees.

iv.   Members shall pay all statutory mandatory dues and levies as may be prescribed by the party as and at when due.

v.   Where a member consecutively fails to pay his or her subscription fees for twelve months, such membership will be deemed to have lapsed and the individual needs to reapply to join the party or seek a waiver under exceptional circumstances as will be determined by the National Working Committee (NWC) and rectified by the National Executive Committee (NEC).

vi.   All registered members shall be issued with bio-metric membership cards within 90 days of registration.

vii.  Party members have a right to verify their names and authenticate or re-certificate their information through the ward chairperson and secretaries before any nomination process begin.

viii.  In the event of the loss of the bio-metric card, a member obtain a police extract and a sworn affidavit both which shall be submitted to the National Chairman through the National Secretary with an application for a replacement, which if approved shall be replaced at a fee, through the ward Secretary to the National Headquarters.

Article 15: PERSONS EXCLUDED FROM MEMBERSHIP OF THE PARTY

All personnel still in the service of any uniformed profession or public service including all agencies of government at all levels shall not be eligible to apply for membership of the party.

Article 16: ELECTIONS AND APPOINTMENTS In the pursuit of building an equitable and inclusive nation the: i)   Office of the President and the National Chairman of the Party shall rotate between the North and South and amongst the six (6) geopolitical zones. ii)    Office of the Governor and the State Chairpersons shall rotate among the three (3) Senatorial Districts in that State. iii)    Office of the Chairpersons of Local Government Areas or Development Areas or Councils shall rotate within the demarcated three (3) zones within the local government area. iv)   Office of Ward Chairpersons shall rotate within the Communities of the Ward. v)    Office of the Polling Unit Chairpersons shall rotate within the Habitations around the Polling Unit. vi)    Office of the Community Chairpersons would rotate around the Villages in the Community. vii)   Office of the Village Chairpersons would rotate within the clans in the Village. viii)   All elections for all elective positions in the Party shall be by Direct Primaries through elections that would be conducted at the Wards and Polling Units. ix)    Members shall vote in Direct Primary elections through an open secret ballot using their Bio-Metric membership cards. However in the event of the non-availability of the Bio-metric cards for clearly defined reasons members can vote using the option A4 model (where all members of the party would line up and physically vote for the candidate of their choice). x)    The results of all such elections shall be electronically transmitted on real time basis to all the platforms and central election collation centre at the National Headquarters of the Party. xi)   All members can electronically monitor the voting on real time basis. xii)  All the results of party elections conducted without the membership-bio metric cards would be announced at the venues of the election and transmitted immediately electronically to all platforms of the Party and the National Headquarters of the Party. xiii)  Only financial members who are up to date in the payments of their membership dues and other statutory fees are eligible to vote and be voted for. Article 17: MINIMUM ACADEMIC QUALIFICATION In view of the Party’s goal of building a knowledge based and globally competitive economy all aspirants for party positions at the National, Zonal and State levels must possess a minimum academic qualification of a National Diploma or its equivalent except waived by the National Executive Committee based on the aspirants clearly seen experience and capabilities. Article 18: THE USE OF ELECTORAL COLLEGE SYSTEM TO ELECT THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE OF THE PARTY
  1. In its pursuit of building national cohesion and equitable governance the Party shall adopt the Electoral College System for the elections of its Presidential, Gubernatorial, Senatorial, House of Representatives, State House of Assembly, Local Government and Ward Councillorship Candidates.
  2. The Electoral College System which will comprise of the 36 States of the Federation and Federal Capital Territory and each State, FCT, Senatorial District, House of Representatives Constituency, House of Assembly Constituency, Local Government District and Ward Counsellorship Areas are entitled to One (1) Electoral College Vote.
  3. A Presidential aspirant shall only be declared a winner and the Party’s Presidential Candidate conducted through direct primaries if he/she wins a minimum of nineteen (19) electoral college votes in addition to twenty-five Percent (25%) of the total votes cast in at least 2/3 of the States in the Federation and Federal Capital Territory.
  4. In event that no aspirant meet up the requirement, a run-off between the two aspirants that score the highest number of votes shall be held and a winner shall emerge through a simple majority of total votes cast.
  5. Gubernatorial, Senatorial, House of Representatives, State House of Assembly, Local Government and Ward Councillorship aspirants shall be declared a winner, through direct primaries if they win the single majority of the Electoral College Votes from the local governments or constituencies in the state.
  Article 19: ADMINISTRATION AND OF PARTY STRUCTURE The party shall establish the stated structures at the following under listed levels: i)    Village ii)    Community iii)   Polling Unit iv)    Ward v)     Local Government Area (LGA) vi)    State vii)   Zonal and viii)  National   Article 20: OPERATIONAL STRUCTURES OF THE PARTY The Party shall establish the under listed operational structures:
  1. The village Executive Committee
  2. The Community Executive Committee
  3. The Polling Unit Executive Committee
  4. The Ward Executive Committee
  5. The Local Government Executive Committee
  6. The Local Government Area Congress
  7. The State Working Committee
  8. The Zonal Executive Committee
  9. The National Working Committee
  10. The National Board of Trustees
  11. The National Executive Committee
  12. The National Convention.
  Article 21: MEMBERSHIP OF OPERATIONAL STRUCTURES   Article 22: THE VILLAGE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE            There shall be in each Village, a village Executive Committee that would consist of;
  1. Chairperson
  2. Deputy Chairperson
  3. Secretary
  4. Treasurer
  5. Women Focal Person
  6. Youth Focal Person
  7. Special (Physically challenged) Focal Person
  Article 23: FUNCTIONS The Village Executive Committee shall;
  • Administer the Party at the village level.
  • Carry out membership drive for the party.
  • Coordinate party campaigns and mobilize votes at the village level.
  • Implement the decisions of the Ward Congress and other organs of the party.
  Article 24: MEETINGS
  • The Village Executive Committee shall meet at least once a month.
  • Meetings of the Village Executive Committee shall be called by the Village Chairperson.
  • The quorum at Village Executive Committee meeting shall be one-third (1/3) of its membership and a simple majority shall pass any motion.
  Article 25: THE COMMUNITY EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE There shall be in each Community, a Community Executive Committee that would consist of;
  1. Chairperson
  2. Deputy Chairperson
  3. Secretary
  4. TreasurerWomen Focal Person
  5. Youth Focal Person
  6. Special (Physically challenged) Focal Person
  Article 26: FUNCTIONS The Community Executive Committee shall;
  • Administer the Party at the village level.
  • Carry out membership drive for the party.
  • Coordinate party campaigns and mobilize votes at the village level.
  • Implement the decisions of the Ward Congress and other organs of the party.
  Article 27: MEETINGS
  • The Community Executive Committee shall meet at least once a month.
  • Meetings of the Village Executive Committee shall be called by the Village Chairperson.
  • The quorum at Community Executive Committee meeting shall be one-third (1/3) of its membership and a simple majority shall pass any motion.
  Article 28: THE POLLING UNIT COMMITTEE There shall be in each Polling Unit, polling Unit Executive Committee that would of:
  1. Polling Unit Chairperson
  2. Polling Unit Deputy Chairperson
  3. Polling Unit Secretary
  4. Polling Unit Assistant Secretary
  5. Polling Unit Treasurer
  6. Polling Unit Public Relations Officer
  7. Polling Unit Women Mobilizer
  8. Polling Unit Assistant Women Mobilizer
  9. Polling Unit Youth Mobilizer
  10. Special (Physically challenged) Mobilizer
  Article 29: WARD EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE There shall be a Ward Executive Committee which shall consist of:
  1. Chairperson
  2. Deputy Chairperson
  3. Secretary
  4. Assistant Secretary
  5. Treasurer
  6. Financial Secretary
  7. Organizing Secretary
  8. Persons with Special Needs Mobilizer
  9. Publicity Secretary
  10. Woman Mobilizer
  11. Youth Mobilizer
  12. Legal Adviser
  13. Auditor
  Article 30: FUNCTIONS The function of the Ward Executive Committee shall be;
  • Administration of the Party at the ward level.
  • Raising funds for the party.
  • Membership drive for the party.
  • Mobilizing voters for the party.
  • Implement the decisions of the Ward Congress and other organs of the party.
  • Producing every quarter, the status of the party report.
  • Producing the ward auditor's report; and
  • Carry out such other functions that may be assigned to it by higher organs of the party.
  Article 31: MEETINGS The Ward Executive Committee shall meet at least once a month.
  • Meetings of the Ward Executive Committee shall be called by the Ward Chairperson.
  • The quorum at Ward Executive Committee meeting shall be one-third (1/3) of its membership and a simple majority shall pass any motion.
  Article 32: WARD CONGRESS   Article 33: ESTABLISHMENT AND COMPOSITION There shall be a Ward Congress which shall consist of all members who have paid their dues up to date and are registered within the ward.   Article 34: FUNCTIONS OF THE WARD CONGRESS The Functions of the Ward Congress shall be inclusive but not limited to;
  • Reviewing and adopting auditors’ reports of the financial status of the Ward.
  • Reviewing and approving the budget of the Ward.
  • Election of members of the Ward Executive Committee.
  • Coordinating in consonance with the NWC Direct Primaries for the Ward elections.
  • Carry out such other functions as may be authorised by the NEC of the party.
  Article 35: MEETINGS
  1. The Ward Congress shall be summoned by the Chairman of the Ward Executive committee at least two (2) times a year.
  2. The quorum of the Ward Congress shall be one-third of the registered members of the Ward and a simple majority shall pass any motion.
Article 36: LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE There shall be a Local Government Executive Committee which shall consist of;
  1. Chairperson
  2. Deputy Chairperson
  3. Secretary
  4. All Ward Chairpersons
  5. All Polling Unit Chairpersons
  6. All Community Chairpersons
  7. All Village Chairpersons
  8. Local government Council Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson, elected or appointed on the platform of the party
  9. Organising Secretary
  10. Publicity Secretary
  11. Treasurer
  12. Auditor
  13. Legal Adviser
  14. Financial Secretary
  15. Woman Focal Person
  16. Youth Focal Person
  17. People with Special Needs Focal Person
  18. Seven ex-officio members, at least three of whom shall be women and at least one person to represent persons with special needs
   Article 37: FUNCTIONS The functions of the Local Government Executive Committee shall be to:
  • Undertake general administration of the Party in the local government area.
  • Oversight the activities at the village, community and polling unit levels.
  • Implement the decisions of the Local government Congress and other higher organs of the party.
  Article 38: MEETINGS
  • The Local Government Executive Committee shall meet at least twice every month.
  • All meetings shall be summoned by the Secretary on the directive of the Chairman.
  • The quorum of the Local Government Executive Committee shall be one-third of its membership drawn from at least two-third of the Wards in the Local Government Area and a resolution shall be passed by simple majority.
  Article 39: STATE WORKING COMMITTEE There shall be a State Working Committee which shall consist of;
  1. State Chairperson
  2. Deputy Chairperson
  3. Secretary
  4. Treasurer
  5. Legal Adviser
  6. State Financial Secretary
  7. Publicity Secretary
  8. Auditor
  9. Organizing Secretary
  10. Woman Focal Person
  11. Youth Focal Person
  12. Persons with special needs Focal Person
  Article 40: FUNCTIONS The State Working Committee shall be;
  • Responsible for the general administration of the Party in the State.
  • Oversight the activities of the ward, polling unit, community and village structures of the party.
  • Audit the finances of the ward, polling unit, polling unit, community and village structures of the party.
  • Organise state wide membership drive programs from time to time.
  • Attend the functions of the Party at the ward, polling unit, community and village structures.
  • Prepare periodic reports on the State of the party to be submitted to the Office of the National Chairman.
  • Establish conflict resolution committees for the resolution of all dispute and transit the outcome and process of such dispute to the Office of the National Chairmen through the National Secretary within 7 days of establishing such committees.
  • Alert the National Headquarters of the Party through the Deputy National Chairman all internal disputes which the State Working Committee (SWC) is unable to resolve within 7 days of such resolution.
  Article 41: MEETINGS
  • The State Working Committee shall meet not less than twice a month at the instance of the Chairman and communicated to members by the Secretary.
  • An extraordinary meeting of the State Working Committee shall be held if requested by two-third of the members of the Committee, and such a meeting shall be held within seven days of the request.
  • The quorum of the State Working Committee shall be one-third of the members of the Committee drawn from the three Senatorial Districts in the State and a simple majority shall pass any motion.
  Article 42: ZONAL WORKING COMMITTEE There shall be a Zonal Working Committee which shall consist of:
  1. National Vice Chairperson from the Zone, who shall be the Chairperson.
  2. Zonal Secretary
  3. Zonal Treasurer
  4. Zonal Financial Secretary
  5. Zonal Organizing Secretary
  6. Zonal Publicity Secretary
  7. Zonal Legal Adviser
  8. Zonal Auditor
  9. Zonal Woman Focal Person
  10. Zonal Youth Focal Person
  11. Zonal Persons with Special Needs Focal Person, and
  12. Seven ex-officio Members who must be inclusive of Women, Youth and Persons with Special Needs.
  Article 43: FUNCTIONS The Zonal Working Committee shall have;
  • The primary responsibility of over sighting the activities of the Party within the Zone.
  • Liaise with the State Working Committees to ensure harmony and coordination at ward, polling unit, community and village levels of the Party.
  • Intervene and resolve all conflicts in the zone.
  • Prepare periodic reports to be submitted to the Office of the National Chairman.
  • Undertake the administration of the Party at the Zonal level and shall be responsible to the Zonal Executive Committee.
  • Perform such other functions as may be assigned by the National Working Committee or National Executive Committee as the case may be.
  Article 44: MEETINGS
  • The Zonal Working Committee shall meet at least twice a month or as the need arises. All meetings of the Zonal Working Committee shall be at the instance of the Zonal Vice Chairman and announced by the Zonal Secretary, The National Chairman shall be notified of all Zonal meeting and should endeavour to attend.
  • The quorum for Zonal Working Committee meeting shall be two-third of its membership and a simple majority shall pass a motion of the Zonal Working Committee.
Article 45: NATIONAL WORKING COMMITTEE There shall be a National Working Committee of the party which shall consist of:
  1. National Chairperson
  2. Two (2) Deputy National Chairpersons (North and South)
  3. National Secretary
  4. National Treasurer
  5. National Financial Secretary
  6. National Organizing Secretary
  7. National Publicity Secretary
  8. National Auditor
  9. The National Legal Adviser
  10. Two (2) National Woman Focal Persons (North and South)
  11. Two (2) National Youth Focal Persons (North and South)
  12. National Mobilizer for persons with special needs
  Article 46: FUNCTIONS The primary function of the National Working Committee shall be the day to day administration of the party and shall be responsible to the National Executive Committee.    Article 47: MEETINGS
  • The National Working Committee shall meet at least twice every month or as the need arises at the instance and behest of the National Chairman who shall act as the Chief Executive and Accounting Officer of the Party.
  • The two National deputy Chairpersons, the two National Women Focal Persons and the two National Youth focal persons are not obligated to attend the bi-weekly NWC meetings as they could be resident outside Abuja, but shall attend at least two (2) NWC meetings every quarter.
  • The quorum of the National Working Committee shall be Nine (9) of its membership and a simple majority shall pass any motion.
  Article 48: NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE There shall be a National Executive Committee of the Party which shall consist of:
  1. The National Chairman, who shall be the chairman of NEC.
  2. All members of the Party structures at the Zonal, State, Local Government, Wards, Polling Unit, Community and Village Structures of the Party.
  3. All elected and appointed members of the Party.
  4. All the Members of the Board of Trustees.
  5. All former National Chairmen, Deputy National Chairmen, National Secretaries, Chairmen and Secretaries of Board of Trustees, who are still members of the Party.
   Article 49: FUNCTIONS
  • The National Executive Committee shall on the behest of the National Chairman, who is also the Chairman of NEC, convene the National Convention.
  • Review and rectify financial and the state of the party reports to be presented by the National Chairmen on behalf of National Working Committee.
  • Review and rectify proposals requiring NEC approval by the National Working Committee.
  • Ratify the appointment of a convention chairman on the recommendation of the National Working Committee.
  • Where necessary, dissolve a State Executive Committee and appoint a Care-Taker Committee to run the Party until another Executive Committee is elected, provided that the period from the dissolution to the election of the new Executive Committee shall not exceed 3 months.
  • Review and rectify the conditions of service of the employees of the party , and
  • Review and approve the minimum rates of annual subscription and other levies payable by members of the party.
  Article 50: MEETINGS
  • The National Executive Committee shall meet at least once in every quarter at the instance of the National Party Chairman or at the request of two-third of its membership, who shall notify all the members of NEC at least seven days prior the proposed date of the meeting. Such notifications shall be inclusive of the proposed agenda for the meeting in view.
  • The quorum of the National Executive committee shall be two-third of the membership and a simple majority shall pass any motion.
Article 51: BOARD OF TRUSTEES There shall be a Board of Trustees of the Party (BOT) which shall consist of;
  1. Eminent Nigerians of impeccable integrity and character to be drawn from the six geo-political zones (Each of the zones would be represented by 6 persons, to be drawn from each of the senatorial zones of the states).
  2. All past National Chairpersons of the Party.
  3. All Presidential and Vice Presidential Candidates of the Party.
  Article 52: APPOINTMENT OF OFFICERS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES The Board of Trustees shall elect a Chairperson and a Secretary from its members; however the election of the Chairman and Secretary of the Board of Trustees must reflect the national character in line with the conventions of the political structure of the country.   Article 53: TENURE OF OFFICE OF OFFICERS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES
  1. The chairperson Broad of Trustees shall hold office for a non-renewable period of four years.
  2. The offices of Chairman and Secretary of the BoT shall revolve among the six geo-political zone of the country.
  3. Vacancies in the Board, it shall be filled by persons from the same geo-political zones.
  4. All board members must be registered members of the Party and must be up to date in their financial obligations to the Party.
  Article 54: FUNCTIONS The primary function of the Board of Trustees is to act as the soul and conscience of the face and a representation of its high premium on integrity, diligence, and character. To this end the Board of Trustees must at all times;
  • Ensure high morale of members of the party by being unbiased in the resolution of conflicts at all levels of the Party structures.
  • Advice and guide the NWC on policies, programmes and activities that can promote the party.
  • Attend any meetings of any other organs of the party, except the National Working Committee meeting, except in extreme cases of conflicts among the members of the NWC.
  • Undertake all other functions and activities as may be referred to it by the National Executive Committee or the National Convention.
  • The Board of Trustees shall regulate its own proceedings and shall draw up a code of conduct for its members.
  Article 55: REMOVAL AND RESIGNATION A member of the Board of Trustees shall;
  • Be removed from office by a resolution of the National Convention on the recommendations of the National Executive Committee on grounds of infirmity or misconduct; or
  • If he/she resigns his membership of the Board of Trustees by tendering a letter to that effect to the Chairperson of the party, or
  • If he/she is expelled from the party.
  Article 56: MEETINGS
  • The Board of Trustees shall meet at their discretion but in consultation with the Chairperson.
  • The quorum of the Board of Trustees shall be two-third of its members drawn and a simple majority shall pass any resolution.
  Article 57: NATIONAL CONVENTION There shall be a National Convention of the party which shall consist of;
  1. The National Chairperson of the party, who shall be the Chairman of the National Convention.
  2. All members of the Board of Trustees.
  3. All members of the National Executive Committee.
  4. All elected and appointed members of the Party.
  5. All former members of the National Working Committee who are still members of the Party.
  6. All Presidential, Gubernatorial, Senatorial, House of Representatives, State House of Assembly, Local Government and Counsellorship Aspirants and Candidates who are still members of the Party .
  Article 58: POWERS OF THE NATIONAL CONVENTION
  • The National Convention shall be the supreme and controlling authority of the party and all decisions reached at the National Convention is binding and can only be amended or revoked by another National Convention of the Party.
  • Demand and receive reports from the National Executive committee and from any other committees or organs of the party and take appropriate action on such reports.
  • Appoint such committees, as it may deem necessary, desirable or expedient and assign to them such powers and functions as it may deem fit.
  • Examine the actions taken or legislation proposed by any government under its control whether federal, state or local government council and ensure that they are in conformity with the policies and programmes of the party.
  • Exercise control and take disciplinary action against all officers and members of the party.
  • Delegate any of its powers, except the power to amend the Constitution, to the National Executive Committee or to any other organ of the party.
Article 59: MEETINGS
  • The National Convention shall meet every four years.
  • The National Convention shall determine its own procedure in accordance with democratic principles.
  • The quorum of the National convention shall be two-third of its membership and a simple majority shall pass any resolution.
  • However not withstanding this provisions, a Special National Convention may be convened at any time at the instance of the National Executive Committee or if requested for by two-third of all State Congresses.
  • The Special National Convention shall meet to discuss only special matters which shall be specified in the notice summoning the Convention.
  • Voting on key issues at the National Convention shall be by secret ballot.
  • The venue of the Party Conventions shall be rotated across the six (6) geopolitical zones plus the FCT.

Article 60: THE NATIONAL OFFICERS OF THE PARTY

The Party shall operate a national working committee which shall be operated by persons of immense and impeccable integrity and capacity. The Offices and Functions are as under listed.

Article 61: THE NATIONAL CHAIRMAN

There shall be a National Chairman who shall be the Chief Executive and Chief Accounting Officer of the party.

Article 62: FUNCTIONS

  • Administer the day to day affairs of the party and preside over the meetings of the National Working Committee, National Executive Committee, National Conference and National Convention of the party.
  • Develop innovations and programs that would promote the corporate image and public acceptance of the Party.
  • Promote decorum and the sense of oneness and common purpose among all the strata and membership of the Party.
  • Identify and engage the human capital and skills required to achieve the stated goals of the Party.
  • Collate reports on the financial activities and state of the affairs of the Party for presentation at the NEC and National Conventions of the Party.
  • Develop the framework and oversight strategies that will ensure strict compliance with the provisions of this Constitution by all levels of the Party governance and membership and do all such other things as shall promote the growth and welfare of the party.
  • Present the annual budget of the party before the National Executive Committee for review and rectification
  • Ensure discipline by instituting suspending or dismissing errant staff of the Party.
  • Institute disciplinary action against erring members of NEC and NWC of the Party.
  • Delegate powers and duties to the Deputy National Chairmen.

Article 63: THE DEPUTY NATIONAL CHAIRPERSONS

There shall be two Deputy National Chairpersons who shall come from the Northern or the Southern part of the country.

The Deputy National Chairman shall perform the following functions;

  • Assist the National Chairman in the discharge of his duties.
  • Liaise with all the National Vice Chairmen on the administration of the Party Structures under their Zones.
  • Deputise for the National Chairman in the latter’s absence; and
  • Performing such other party functions as may be assigned to him.

 

Article 64: THE NATIONAL SECRETARY

There shall be a National Secretary whose functions shall be to:

  1. Oversee the day-to-day activities of the party under the directives and direction of the National Chairman.
  2. issue notices of meetings of the National Convention, the national conference, the National Executive Committee, the National Caucus and the National Working Committee in consultation with the National Chairman.
  3. Document and produce the records of proceedings of the National Convention, the National Executive Committee, the National Caucus and the National Working Committee.
  4. Carry out any other duties as may be assigned to him or her, from time-to-time by the National Convention, National Executive Committee, National Working Committee, on the recommendations of the National Chairman.

Article 65: THE NATIONAL TREASURER

The National Treasurer shall;

  1. Receive and promptly pay into the party's accounts all monies received for and on behalf of the party and keep all cheque books and other banking documents of the party.
  2. Ensure that all funds received by the party are promptly paid into the party's accounts.
  3. Prepare and submit monthly statement of account and reports to the National Chairperson and National Working Committee.
  4. Prepare and present through the National Chairperson to the National Executive Committee a quarterly accounts and report.
  5. The National Treasurer shall be a co-signatory to the Party accounts with the National Chairperson.

Article 66: THE NATIONAL FINANCIAL SECRETARY

The National Financial Secretary shall;

  1. Collect from the National Treasurer all the records of all dues, levies, subscriptions and donations paid or made to the party.
  2. Ensure the strict supervision of budgeting, budgetary control and financial reporting.
  3. Recommend and oversight the Party’s Finance institute operating procedures systems.

Article 67: THE NATIONAL ORGANIZING SECRETARY

The National Organizing Secretary’s shall in consultation and direction of the National Chairman;

  1. Develop programs for the harmonisation of all membership mobilisation and recruitment programmes nationwide.
  2. Organize seminars, workshops, rallies and campaign programmes for the attainment of the party's objectives; and
  3. Liaise with the Party structures at the zonal, state, local government, ward, community and village levels to ensure uniformity, consistency and efficacy of all the Party’s mobilisation programs nationwide.

Article 68: THE NATIONAL PUBLICITY SECRETARY

The National Publicity Secretary shall;

  1. Develop a comprehensive media package for the party
  2. Coordinate the information repository of the party.
  3. Coordinate all the media relations and activities (print media, social media and electronic media) of the party of which the approval and oversight must be granted by the National Chairperson.
  4. Produce and publicize the policies and programmes of the party in line with the aims and objectives of the party.

 

Article 69: NATIONAL WOMAN FOCAL PERSONS

The National Woman Focal Persons shall work directly under the office of the National Chairman;

  1. Develop broad programs for mainstreaming gender issues in the party mobilisation activities.
  2. In consonance with the National Organising Secretary, Youth Focal Person and the Focal person for Persons with special need develop cross cutting programs that would be applied to selling the party’s ideology and goals to Nigerian women.
  3. Coordinate the programs and activities of all the other structures for women mobilisation.

Article 70: NATIONAL YOUTH FOCAL PERSONS

The National Youth Focal Persons shall work directly under the office of the National Chairman to;

  1. Develop broad programs for mainstreaming youth programs in the party mobilisation activities.
  2. In consonance with the National Organising Secretary, National Woman Focal Person and the Focal person for Persons with special need develop cross cutting programs that would be applied to selling the party’s ideology and goals to Nigerian Youth in the Northern and Southern Zones of the country.
  3. Coordinate the programs and activities of all the other structures for youth mobilisation in their Zones of Jurisdiction.

Article 71: TENURE OF OFFICE OF PARTY OFFICERS

  1. All National, Zonal, State, Local Government Area and Ward Officers of the Party shall hold office for a term of four years and shall be eligible for re-election for another term.
  2. All National Officers are to be elected by the National Executive Committee of the Party, except the National Women Focal Persons, the National Youth Focal Persons and the National Focal Person for Persons with Special Needs who shall be appointed by the Chairman with the approval of the NWC.
  3. The election of National Officers shall be rectified at the National Convention, while that of those at the lower levels shall be at the respective congresses.
  4. Any elected officer of the Party at any level may resign his or her office by giving thirty days’ notice in writing to the appropriate Executive Committee, except in the case of resignation for the purpose of vying for an elective office which shall be within the provisions of the Electoral Act and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
  5. Where a vacancy occurs in any of the offices of the Party, the Chairman on the advice of the NWC shall appoint a replacement on acting basis until such an appointment is rectified by NEC.
  6. No member shall hold a dual office; all Executive members who are elected or appointed into public offices must immediately relinquish such position.
  7. The national Chairman on the advice of the appropriate organ and the NWC shall appoint a replacement for the vacant position in line with the zoning formula of the Party. Such an appointment shall be on acting basis until it is rectified by NEC.

Article 72: REMOVAL OF NATIONAL OFFICERS

 The listed National Officers shall cease to hold office if;

  1. He/she voluntarily retires.
  2. Becomes unfit to hold office to hold office due to ill health or death.
  3. Completes his tenure in office.
  4. Convicted of a criminal offence.
  5. Is found guilty of gross misconduct, abuse of office or corruption.
  6. Falsification or suppression of criminal records.
  7. Misappropriation, Bankruptcy/serious financial embarrassment.
  8. Nepotism, Intolerance and gross misconduct.
  9. Anti-party activities, Sabotage and wilful damage to party property.

Article 73: FUNDING

All revenues accruing to the Party shall be paid into one consolidated Party Account.

These revenue sources are inclusive but not restricted to;

  1. Membership Registration Fees.
  2. Membership Dues.
  3. Membership levies.
  4. Subventions.
  5. Donations.
  6. Approved loans and Proceeds from investments made by the Party, and any other lawful incomes streams for the Party.

Article 74: EXPENDITURE OF PARTY FUNDS

  1. All expenditures from the Party’s consolidated account must be by budgeting and such budgets must be approved by the Executive Committee of the Party.
  2. The National Chairman of the Party shall prepare annual budgets to be approved by the National Executive Committee and such budget proposals must have clear expenditure profiles.
  3. The National Executive Committee (NEC) shall make authorise a Contingency Fund which shall be utilised by National Chairman of the Party, for urgent and unforeseen need for expenditure for which no other provision exists.

 

Article 75: BORROWING POWER

The National Working Committee of Party with the approval and authority of National Executive Committee, borrow funds or enter into financial transactions or agreements   from legitimate sources to meet the obligations of the party.

Article 76: MANAGEMENT OF PARTY FINANCES/BANK ACCOUNTS/BANK ACCOUNT SIGNATORIES

To ensure transparency, prudence and accountability in the management of finances of the party;

  1. The National Working Committee shall develop for the approval of the National Executive Committee, Standard Financial regulations to govern the management of party’s finances at all levels.
  2. The party shall operate bank accounts at all the levels of its operations.
  3. For the purposes of inter-operatibilty of the Party’s electronic financial transaction, The National Chairman with the approval of the National Working Committee shall select a maximum of 3 banks for all the financial transactions of the Party.
  4. Such banks must be assessed on spread and technology applications for electronic banking.
  5. The authorized signatories to the Party’s bank accounts  and other financial transactions shall be the following officers:-
  6. The National Chairman or his or her counterparts at Zonal, State, Local Government and Ward levels.
  7. The National Secretary or his or her counterparts at Zonal, State, local government and ward levels, Polling Unit, Community and Village levels.
  8. The National Treasurer or his or her counterpart as zonal, state, local government and ward levels, Polling unit, Community and Village levels.
  9. All withdrawals from or debit instructions on the account shall be valid only if authorized by the National Chairman or his counterpart at the other levels, and any of the two signatories, that is, the National Secretary or Treasurer of the party at the appropriate levels.

Article 77: DISTRIBUTION AND ALLOCATIONS OF PARTY FUNDS

Distributable funds of the Party shall be shared between the Village, Community, Polling Unit, Ward, Local Government, State and National strata according to the under listed provisions;

  1. Village Working Committees 2%
  2. Campus Chapters             2%
  3. Community Working Committees 3%
  4. Wards Working Committees             5%
  5. Zonal Working Committees             6%
  6. States Working Committees             10%
  7. National Working Committee                      15%
  8. National Headquarters
  9. Election funds - 25% to be retained as election funds
  10. Sinking Funds - 32% to be retained as investible capital
  11. Contingency Funds - 2%

Article 78: THE PARTY SHALL ESTABLISH A STANDING NATIONAL FINANCE COMMITTEE (NFC)

MEMBERSHIP

  1. Chairman, who shall be a Party member of repute and high integrity.
  2. Two (2) members drawn from each of the 6 geopolitical zones of the country.
  3. National Treasurer of the Party.
  4. National Financial Secretary of the Party.
  5. National Auditor of the Party.
  6. Except for the ex-officio members of the Committee, the Chairman and other members are to be appointed by the National Working Committee subject to the approval of the National Executive Committee.
  7. The National Treasurer shall be the secretary of the NFC.

 

Article 79: FUNCTIONS

The National Finance Committee shall be responsible for;

  • Embarking on other fund raising activities and solicitations for party, provided that such activities and solicitations must be in conformity with the extant laws.
  • Determine the Remuneration and Severance Packages of the National Chairman and other members of the National Working Committee
  • Ensuring the broadening and sustainability of the Party’s revenue base, including, subject to the provisions of this constitution, investment of the party funds in to long term viable ventures such as government securities, blue-chip companies and real estates and
  • Establishing any business ventures that do not violate the provisions of any sections of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Electoral Act and this constitution.

State Finance Committee shall also be constituted along the lines of the National Finance Committees.

Article 80: ESTABLISHMENT OF A STANDING DISCIPLINARY COMMITTEE

To ensure the strict adherence to the Party’s code of conduct, there shall be established a standing disciplinary committee of seven members with proven integrity, of which the Chairman and at least one member shall have a legal background.

Article 81: FUNCTIONS

  • Review all disciplinary cases against all erring party members.
  • Advice the National Working Committee on resolution of disputes.
  • Produce reports that would be presented by the National Chairman at NEC and National Conventions.

Article 82: OFFENCES THAT CAN ATTRACT DISCIPLINARY ACTION

  • Breach of the Party’s Constitution and or Manifesto.
  • Conduct that could bring the party into disrepute, hatred or contempt.
  • Disobedience to constituted authority.
  • Dishonest practices.
  • Anti-party activities.
  • Disorderly conduct at meetings or rallies or at any party function.
  • Fractionalisation of the party and by whatever name called, not being one provided for in this constitution.
  • Resorting to court action or litigation on any disputes or on any matter whatsoever concerning rights, obligations and duties of any member of the party without first availing himself or herself of the remedies provided by the party under this constitution.

 

Article 83: SANCTIONS

Any member of the Party who commits any of the offences listed shall be liable to any or a combination of the following penalties

  • Reprimand
  • Fine
  • Suspension with a fine
  • Debarment from holding any Party office
  • Removal from office
  • Expulsion from the Party

 

Article 84: ESTABLISHMENT OF THE ADVANCED SOCIAL DEMOCRATIC CENTRE

There shall be an institution to be known as the Advanced Social Democratic Centre (ASDC) which shall be the intellectual and resource department of the Alliance of Social Democrats

  1. The Advanced Social Democratic Centre shall have a Board of Governors whose chairman and membership shall not exceed fifteen persons, to be appointed by the National Executive Committee of the Party and whose responsibility shall be the formulation of policy and general administration of the Institute.
  2. The Deputy National Chairman from the region outside the Chairman shall be the Chairman of the Board, with the National Secretary and the Director General of the Institute as members, and there shall be two members from each of the geo-political zones of the country.
  3. The Director General shall be responsible for the day to day running of the Institute, and is answerable to the Board on all matters.
  4. The Director General shall have tenure of five years renewable for another term and no more.
  5. The centre shall be responsible for organizing seminars and workshops for training in governance, party organization and administration of the Party and shall perform such other functions as may be assigned to it by the National Working Committee.
  6. All aspirants for a political office on the platform of the party (both elective and appointive) shall at all levels mandatorily go through a course at the centre.
  7. The activities of the centre shall be in accordance with its Charter and the provisions of this Constitution as regards the financial regulation of the Party shall apply to it.
  8. The Director General of the Social Democratic Centre shall be an Ex-Officio member of the Working Committee.

CONTRACTUAL LIABILITY The party shall: I. Be a body corporate with perpetual succession and can sue or be sued in its corporate name with power to acquire, hold and alienate property, enter into agreements and to do all things necessary to carry out its aims and objectives and defend its members, property and reputation. II. Only National Officers of the party shall have the authority to create any legal relationship binding on the party.

COMMON SEAL There shall be a common seal of the party, which shall be in the custody of the National Secretary of the party.

OATH OF OFFICE Any person elected or appointed into any office of the party shall subscribe to the Oath of Office as provided in Schedule I to this Constitution.

AMENDMENTS The party shall:

(a) Have the power to amend this constitution, save that no amendment of the constitution shall be valid unless made by a motion passed by two-third majority of members present and voting at the National Convention.

(b) The Notice of the proposed amendment to the Constitution shall be given to the National Secretary, at least two months before the date of the National Convention and the notice, which shall be in writing, shall contain a clear statement of the amendment sought and the reasons for the amendment.

(c) The Secretary upon receipt of the notice shall cause it to be circulated to the State branches of the party for publication at least one month before the date of the National Convention.

INTERPRETATION

(1) Any question as to the meaning of any section of this constitution or the Schedule hereto shall be referred to the National Executive Committee whose interpretation of the same shall be final.

(2) In this constitution:

a. “Founding Members” mean foundation members.

b. “Funds” include valuable properties.

c. “He” or “His” shall include the female gender.

d. “The Party" means Alliance of Social Democrats.

e. “Month” means calendar month.

f. “Constitution” means Constitution of the Alliance of Social Democrats.

g. Where computation of any figure in this Constitution results in a fraction, the figure obtained shall be approximated to the nearest whole number.

h. “Youth” means a member between the ages of 18 and 35 years.

i. “Congress” a large formal meeting or series of meetings where representatives from different party levels discuss ideas, make decisions, pass resolutions and conduct election.

j. “National Convention” represents the largest meeting of ASD at National level which is the highest authority of the party where decisions are ratified and the Presidential candidates and National Officers of the Party are ratified.

k. “Delegates” are elected or nominated representatives of the party at any level of the structure of the party.

l. “National” refers to Federal level as contained in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999.

m. “Zonal” refers to each of the geo-political entities viz North East, North Central, North West, South East, South West, South- South.

n. “State” refers to geographical entity as defined in the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999.

o. “Local Government Area” refers to the Local Government Area as defined by the constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria.

p. “Ward” refers to the area delineation of the Local Government Area by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

q. “Polling Unit” refers to the area delineated by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

r. “Campus Chapter” refers to tertiary institutions in Nigeria

s. “Community” refers to a habitation within a geographical entity with the Local Government Area of the federal Republic of Nigeria.

t. “Village” refers to a habitation within a geographical entity with the Local Government Area of the federal Republic of Nigeria.

u. “Direct Primaries” refers to a Party Executive Congress to be held in each Ward and all registered and financial members of the Party to participate in electing a candidate of the Party for election into public office.

SCHEDULE I

PROCEEDINGS AT MEETINGS

1. Language to be used at meetings The proceedings of the meetings of the party at all levels shall be in the English language or any Nigerian language understood by a majority of members of the party at respective levels;

2. All the meetings of the party shall be chaired by the Chairman or in his or her absence, the Deputy Chairman at the relevant level and in the event of the absence of the Chairman and the Deputy Chairman; members present shall elect a member from amongst themselves to preside over the meeting.

3. The rules and regulations governing the conduct of any meetings of the party shall be as approved, from time to time, by the National Executive Committee of the party.

SCHEDULE II

STAFF RULES

I. Employees of the party shall be subject to the direct control and discipline of the National, Zonal, State, Local Government area and ward secretariat of the party and appeals on matters of the discipline and routine administration matters be subject to the terms of engagement and shall lie with the Secretary at the various level.

II. All employees of the party shall be bound not only by the provisions of their terms of engagement but also by the provisions of the party constitution and code of conduct of the Party.

III. Party employee may seek to run for any party position or public position; however such an employee must resign such appointment at least two months to the date of the election in view.

IV. The National Working Committee shall be responsible for the employees of the party at the National level, the National Convention on the recommendation of the National Executive Committee;

a. For employees of the party at the State level, by the State Congress on the recommendation of the State Executive Committee.

b. For employees of the party at the ward level, by the Local Government Area Congress on the recommendation of the Local Government Executive Committees.

SCHEDULE III

OATH OF ALLEGIANCE

I do solemnly swear that I ……………………………………………………… will bear true allegiance to the Alliance of Social Democrats(ASD) and the Federal Republic of Nigeria and that I will respect and abide by the provisions and demands of the Constitution of the Alliance of Social Democrats in line with the dictates of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. So help me God.

SCHEDULES IV

OATH OF OFFICE

I do solemnly swear and affirm that I……………………………………………………………… shall be faithful and bear true allegiance to the Alliance of Social Democrats (ASD). That I shall discharge my duties faithfully and with utmost in accordance with the constitution of the Alliance of Social Democrats and in accordance with the provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I pledge to be diligent in the discharge of my duties as contained in the party’s Constitution and Manifesto and under no circumstances shall I be involved in activities that would denigrate the corporate interest of persons or personalities who are members or service providers or allies the party. I swear that I shall not be despotic or casuistic in the discharge of my official duties and shall give fair and equal treatment to all the members of the party and the members of the public irrespective of creed or class. I shall at all times uphold all the ideals and high moral standards of the party and pledge to exhibit zero tolerance for corruption and impunity in the discharge of my duties to the party and my country Nigeria. So help me God.

MADE AT ABUJA THIS__14TH ______ DAY OF____JULY_______2018

CHIEF (DR) E. F. OKENGWU

NATIONAL CHAIRMAN

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