*BY: GREG IGWE*
*Governing Party Axe Niger Delta Minister, Okechukwu, Queries Ondo State Governor*
In a major clean up after the Presidential and National Assembly elections and ahead of the Governorship and State Assembly elections on March 9, the governing party, All Progressive Congress, APC has suspended two of its State Governors, Rochas Okorocha (Imo) and Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun).
Reason: The duo were involved in anti party activities.
Among those who received the boot from the party’s National Working Committee, NWC include Minister of Niger Delta, Pastor Usani Uguru Usani and Director General, Voice of Nigeria, (VON), Mr. Osita Okechukwu.
The party also said it would issue a query to Ondo State Governor, 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 party took the decision at a meeting of the NWC chaired by the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole.
The statement reads “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 as opposition to APC candidates in their respective states.
“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.
“We wish to congratulate our members nationwide for the victories we recorded across the country in the last elections and particularly, the renewal of our party’s mandate for President Muhammadu to continue to pilot the affairs of this country for another four years.
“This could not have happened if not for the hardwork and commitment of our members. 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.
“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.”