The All Progressives Congress (APC), has suspended Imo state Governor Rochas Okorocha, Ogun State Governor Amosun and two other top party members.
The All Progressives Congress made this announcement yesterday after a meeting of its National Working Committee which was presided by the party’s national chairman, former Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomole.
The party announced that they have suspended Governors Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, Minister for Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru Usani, and the Director-General Voice Of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu for anti-party activities. They also issued a query to Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.
In a statement released by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa Onilu after the meeting, Governor Rochas Okorocha was accused of sponsoring and campaigning for his son-in-law, Ugwumba Uche Nwosu who is the Imo governorship candidate for the Action Alliance party (AA). Governor Amosun, on the other hand, was accused of working for the candidate of the Allied People’s Movement (APM), Adekunle Akinlade against the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) interest.
Meanwhile, the Imo chapter of APC had earlier suspended Okorocha and recommended his expulsion from the party to the national body.
Governor Akeredolu who was queried was accused by some interest groups within the APC party in Ondo state of working for the People’s Democratic Party’s Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar in the just concluded presidential election, which caused Atiku to win in an APC governed state.
It was not clearly stated why Minister Usani and the Director-General of VON, Okechukwu were suspended, but their suspension is suspected to be connected to some legal controversy they have with some people in the party.
According to the National Publicity Secretary Onilu’s statement, the National Working Committee (NWC) of APC has agreed to recommend the total expulsion of these suspended individuals to the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party.
In his statement Onilu said;
“Recall that the NWC had earlier written to the suspended governors on their anti-party activities, and several other steps were taken to ensure that they desisted from taking actions that were inimical to the interests of our party and candidates. Notably, these individuals have not shown any remorse and have actually stepped up their actions.
“The party reviewed the serial anti-party activities of the concerned individuals before and during the last presidential and National Assembly elections in their respective states and resolved to enforce party discipline in line with our constitution.
“The NWC noted how the suspended members have continued to campaign openly for other parties and candidates that are unknown to our great party, even while they have constituted themselves into opposition to APC candidates in their respective states.
“Importantly, the NWC is closely monitoring the activities of our members across the country, and particularly, in the states, these suspended members belong to.
“We wish to reiterate that any member of our party who takes any action solely or in line with the directives of the suspended members to undermine our party’s candidates in the coming governorship and House of Assembly elections would face disciplinary actions. Consequently, the NWC calls on our members to disregard directives and actions of the suspended individuals and work assiduously to ensure the election of ALL and ONLY APC candidates in the forthcoming governorship and state assembly elections.”
Commenting on his suspension, the Director General of the Voice of Nigeria said the decision was yet to be communicated to him. He described his suspension as an attempt by some people within the party to sideline their enemies in this season of contestation.
“One has not gotten a letter of suspension from my great party. If actually a press statement was issued, it may not be unconnected with those who want to sideline their enemies in this season of contestation. “Remember that Femi Adesina, spokesman for Mr President, had opened a window for a gruesome struggle.
“Otherwise, one had taken time and resources to campaign vigorously for my great party and even set up the Zikist-BuharistMovement (ZBM), an offshoot of Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) of which I am a foundation member. “It is on record that with ZBM, we toured the nooks and crannies of Enugu and indeed the South East, canvassing for votes for our great party.
“I am also instrumental to the most consistent advert placed in several media in the South East on behalf of our great party. Accordingly, one should not be blamed for the triumph of Bigotry in Enugu State and South East in general.
“Our comrade chairman should not blame me for hoisting some unpopular National Assembly candidates for the APC in our zone. For I am at a loss how one contributed to the failure of his darling candidate, Mrs Juliet Ibekaku Nwagu in Egede, her home town, and Udi local government, her primary local council in the five that make up the senatorial district.
“Suffice it to say that I will give a detailed reply when I’m officially written.”
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