By ANTHONY OKOLI
ASABA – It has been a tough battle in the Delta State APC, as the embattled State Chairman, Prophet Jones Erue, faces constitutional tackling by a two third (2/3) majority of the State Executive Committee, due to his high handedness, maladministration, misappropriation of funds and gross misconduct.
In a meeting with the National Working Committee (NWC), of the All Progressives Congress at the office of the National Chairman in Abuja, the NWC made a clear declaration that all unconstitutional declarations made by the erstwhile Chairman, was of no consequences, because he did not follow the constitutional provisions, before carry out such disciplinary actions.
According to the National Vice Chairman South South, Prince Hilliarf Etagbo-Eta, who presided over the meeting, he said the party would no longer condone indiscipline and impunity, which he described as the bedrock of the too many problems the party is facing today.
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In his words he said, “we would not allow anybody, irrespective of who you are, to disregard the constitution of our party anymore, we are assuring all of you, that the party will henceforth adhere strictly to our constitutional provisions, any suspension made without following the due process as enshrined in our constitution amounts to nullity and of no consequences” Thus the NWC declared all Jones Ode Erue’s actions null and void. In his words, the National Vice Chairman, South South, said. “Political Party is a Voluntary Organization, freely you enter, freely you exit” if said if anybody feels he or she can not cope with the constitutional provisions of the party, such a person reserves the right to walk away, or learn to adhere strictly to the constitution that governs the body.
On the issue of the (SEC) State Executive Committee’s findings and recommendation to sack the embattled chairman based on what they referred to as high handedness, gross misconduct and financial mismanagement, the NWC took a clear stand, that only the SEC has the powers to remove the State Chairman or any other State Executive Member, and not the SWC, either by passing a vote of no confidence on him by a two third (2/3) majority of the SEC members or by setting up a disciplinary committee to investigate and try the chairman, after which they would present recommendations to the SEC for ratification of rejection.
From the report presented by the State Executive Committee led by Hon. Elvis Ayomanor, the Acting State Chairman, it was obvious that they have followed the due process stipulated by the constitution of the party. Thus the National Vice Chairman, said the NWC would meet to officially verify that the two third (2/3) majority of the SEC members who signed the removal notice are the authentic SEC members. If that is verified to be correct, then the removal of the embattled chairman would be ratified in line with the constitutional provisions, which means Prophet Jones would be permanently removed as chairman.
At the time of filing this report, all attempts to reach the embattled chairman proved abortive, as he would not take his calls. Our correspondent also contacted one the SWC members standing with Mr. Jones Erue.
The executive member who pleaded anonymity, told our correspondent that this problem was caused by the embattled chairman, who against all advice from some of them his colleagues, went ahead to unilaterally suspend his Deputy and some other members of the SWC alongside five LGA Chairmen. “I personally told him this action would boomerang, but he wouldn’t listen”
According to him, the chairman believed their boss would seal up the national for them, since what they were doing was for his benefit. When asked who is the boss he referred to, he laughed and said, “everybody knows who I’m referring to” On why was their boss not able to seal the top as planned, he said, “obviously no man is God”
Also contacted was the Acting State Chairman, Hon. Elvis Ayomanor, who spoke with our correspondent on phone, he told our correspondent that as far as he’s concerned, the party constitution is supreme and must be respected by all members of the party. And that the SEC will continue to abide by the constitutional provisions of the party.
On the issue of embezzled funds by the erstwhile Chairman, the Acting State Chairman, said that is a criminal offense and would be treated as thus. When asked if he is making any move to petition the EFCC, he declined to speak on that, saying the issue is a party issue and the party will take decision on what to do to recover the stolen funds. But that the party’s unity is paramount.
Those in attendance at the meeting were:
(1), The National Chairman, Comr. Adams Oshiomhole, who could not stay for long, due to some emergency situations, had to excuse himself out.
(2), The National Vice Chairman, South South, Prince Hilliard Eta, who presided over the meeting
(3), The National Organising Secretary, Barr. Emmanuel Ibidero
(4), Chief Great Ovedje Ogboru, the 2019 Governorship Candidate of the Party.
(5), Hon. Elvis Ayomanor, the Acting State Chairman of the party.
(6) Comr. Chidi Okonji, the State Secretary of the party.
(7) Mr. Tosan Awani, The State Vice Chairman, Delta South.
(8), Sir A S Mene, the State Organising Secretary
(9) Barr. Ese Agiri, State Assistant Secretary.
(10), Mr. Felix Ogbotor Okpako, the State Publicity Secretary.
(11), Dr. Mrs Janet Oyubu, the State Women Leader.
(12), Mr. Christopher Agali, State Youth
(13), Hon. Dembo Dembofa, Owikpodor, the State Special Leader.
Other State Executive Committee members present at the meeting include:
Comr. Lizzy Ejenawo, the State Assistant Women Leader, Comr. Gloria Afiari, the Delta North Senatorial Women Leader, Comr. Alero Tenuma, the Delta South Senatorial Women Leader, Hon. Victor Ebikabowei Sampson, Asst. State Auditor, Mr. Feh Alphonsus Ojobowei, Asst. State Welfare Officer, Hon. Odikpo Eleazar, Asst. State Treasurer, Mr. Martins Osakwe, the Delta North Senatorial Youth Leader, Chief Lawrence Esiso, the Delta Central Senatorial Youth Leader,
Mr. Manny Edu, State Ex-Officio, Comr. Buchi Oba, State Ex-Officio, Mr. Efe Don Kigho, State Ex-Officio and Mr Joseph Ozono amongst others
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