The news now is that APC leaders have suspended party chairman.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership issue in the six area councils of the Federal Capital Territory ( FCT ) has devolved into the suspension of Kuje Caretaker Committee chairman of the party by ten ward leaders following a meeting where the party executive was voted out.
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The suspension of Kuje party chairman Hon. Godwin Zabesna was the result of a long-standing schism within the party that surfaced during the APC congress in Kuje, which was contested by five candidates.
Despite the fact that the APC’s state executive accepted a reconciliation panel set up by the local branch to settle the dispute, five petitions have been sent to the party’s national executive asking the revocation of the primary election results.
Tempers apparently rose when the suspended interim committee chairman, who also happened to be the party’s Kuje chairman, refused to convene a meeting as ward leaders requested to address the party’s business before to the congress.
Godwin Zabesna, speaking to Blueprint about the new event, said the ward chairmen do not have the legal authority to remove him from office.
“I am still the chairman of the APC in Kuje Area Council, and whatever the ward leaders did was null and void,” he said.
We have a constitution, and in order to remove a serving executive member, the letter of the document must be followed. It is unethical to suspend someone without due process through the media, and I maintain that due process was not followed in my supposed suspension.”
Alhaji Abdullahi Danladi Galadima, former Chairman of Kuje Area Council and head of the APC in Kuje, also criticised the supposed suspension, claiming that the meeting where the decision was made was unconstitutional and void.
“A couple of people can’t just get together and suspend a party chairman for no reason. At the meeting, who were the ward chairmen? The APC’s acclaimed flag-bearer convened a meeting with hand-picked members and published a statement claiming the chairman had been suspended.
“Many of us who ran in the primaries with him have petitioned the national executive because of the election’s injustice, and we want the results annulled in the interests of peace and party unity,” Galadima stated.
As a result of the primaries’ repercussions, other FCT area councils are also boiling, and political commentators have speculated that unless the party unites before the February 2022 FCT Chairmanship elections, the PC may struggle to keep the four out of six area councils it currently holds.