The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended the governors of Imo and Ogun States, Rochas Okorocha and Ibikunle Amosun.
The APC National Publicity Secretary, Mr Lanre Issa-Onilu, confirmed this to Channels Television on Friday. According to him, the NWC suspended the governors following the allegations of anti-party actions levelled towards them. Issa-Onilu disclosed that upon the suspension, the committee additional beneficial the expulsion of governors Okorocha and Amosun to the National Executive Council of the celebration.
He issued a statement, through which he revealed that the NWC additionally suspended the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Uguru Usani, and the Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr Osita Okechukwu, allegedly for a similar offence. The APC spokesman mentioned the decision was reached at a gathering of the committee presided by celebration’s nationwide chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, on the APC National Secretariat in Abuja.
He revealed that the NWC would challenge a question to Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, for “his glaring anti-party activities”.
The celebration claimed that the motion of the governor affected the fortunes of its candidates within the recently-conducted Presidential and National Assembly elections within the state. The statement learn,
“Recall that the NWC had earlier written to the suspended governors on their anti-party actions, and a number of other different steps had been taken to make sure they desist from taking actions which might be inimical to the pursuits of our celebration and candidates.
“Notably, these people haven’t proven any regret and have truly stepped up their actions. The celebration reviewed the serial anti-party actions of the involved people earlier than and over the last Presidential and National Assembly elections of their respective states and resolved to implement celebration self-discipline in step 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 as opposition to APC candidates in their respective states.” The APC mentioned it was intently monitoring the actions of its members throughout the nation, particularly within the states the suspended members belong to.
It, due to this fact, warned its members who take any motion in step with the directives of the suspended members to undermine its candidates within the coming elections would face disciplinary actions.
The ruling celebration congratulated its supporters on the victories recorded within the final elections, and notably, the re-election of President Buhari for a second time period. “This could not have happened if not for the hard work and commitment of our members,” it mentioned, including, “We therefore urge all our members to unite and work ever harder to ensure victory for our candidates across the states in the coming governorship and House of Assembly elections.” It, nonetheless, requested its members to ignore directives and actions of the suspended people, saying it might proceed to stay by the dictate of its Constitution. Governor Okorocha contested for the Imo West Senatorial District seat whereas Governor Amosun contested that of Ogun Central within the just-concluded elections.
Both governors gained the ballot of their states, though the returning officer in Imo State mentioned he declared Okorocha the winner “under duress”. Okorocha is supporting his son-in-law and candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) in Imo, Uche Nwosu, to succeed him as governor, as towards the APC candidate, Senator Hope Uzodinma. On his half, Amosun is towards the candidature of APC’s Dapo Abiodun in Ogun and is giving his help to the candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Adekunle Akinlade. Before he gained the election, President Muhammadu Buhari had throughout his marketing campaign visited Imo and Ogun States the place some drama performed out over the selection of candidates.
The environment was tense on the rally in Ogun State the place some supporters allegedly loyal to APM pelted the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, whereas he was addressing the gathering, forcing him to finish his speech abruptly. The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had mocked the APC following the incident, whereas the ruling celebration vowed to sanction Governor Amosun after the elections.
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