Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress, APC has suspended the Imo state Governor, Rochas Okorocha, Ogun state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, the Director General of Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu and the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani from its fold.
The APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu who revealed this in press statement said the decision to suspend them was reached at the party’s National Working Committee meeting held at the party’s secretariat in Abuja.
Mr Issa-Onilu said that they were suspended for reasons of anti-party activities and that it has given a query to the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu.
“The NWC has also decided to recommend the expulsion of the suspended individuals to the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party.
“The NWC has also issued a query to the Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu over his glaring anti-party activities, which greatly affected the fortunes of our candidates in the recently-conducted Presidential and National Assembly elections in the state.
“Recall that the NWC had earlier written to the suspended governors on their anti-party activities, and several other steps were taken to ensure they desist from taking actions that are 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 to opposition to APC candidates in their respective states,” he said.
The party further called on its members to disregard any directive by suspended members adding that it was closely monitoring the activities of all its members especially in states where the suspended belong.
“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 Assemblies elections,” he said.