by Dare Lawal
The National Executive Council of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) on Thursday overruled the suspension of the party chairman in Rivers state, Esuku Esuku.
Esuku was suspended by the state ACN over alleged anti party activities which bordered on working closely with the Rivers governor Rotimi Amaechi.
In the statement announcing Esuku’s suspension, the state ACN had said:
“Esuku is also working with the Rivers State government to register members for the APC.
“By these actions, Mr Esuku has demonstrated that he is contemptible, selfish, a non serious party man, and someone that should not be trusted by the people.”
But on Thursday, the ACN National Executive Committee (NEC) insisted that the suspension violates the party’s constitution.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said going by the ACN Constitution, no state executive committee can suspend any national officer of the party.
“In view of this, the status quo remains and we enjoin all our members to allow peace to reign. If anyone has any grievances, the constitution of the party is clear on what to do,” it said, threatening to sanction any member who fails to adhere to the party’s stand on the suspension,” said Mohammed.
The statement also warned Rivers ACN members to avoid rumour mongering, capable of tarnishing the image of the party’s national leadership, warning that disciplinary action will be taken against members found to be deliberately spreading such rumours.
Also today, the gubernatorial candidate of the ACN in Rivers state in 2011, Abiye Sekibo resigned from the party.