The governors of Imo and Ogun, Rochas Okorocha and Ibikunle Amosun, are not the only ones who were suspended by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Friday.
Also suspended for anti-party activities are the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani and the Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Osita Okechukwu.
A statement by the party’s spokesman, Lanre Issa-Onilu said the NWC “has also taken a decision to recommend the expulsion of the suspended individuals to the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party.”
Ondo Governor Akeredolu queried: “NWC will also issue 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,” the statement said.
The party said despite the letters and other steps taken to ensure the suspended individuals desist from their acts, they “have not shown any remorse and have actually stepped up their actions.”
Why suspend them?: According to the statement, “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.”
It warned APC members in the states where the suspended members belong to that anyone who takes any action in line with the directives of the suspended members to undermine APC 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 as APC would continue to live by the dictate of our constitution,” the statement said.