- The unending internal battles within he APC seems to have distracted the party
- The party leaders have refused to take any action 7 months after suspending some prominent chieftains within its ranks
- Former governors and now senators, Ibikunle Amosun and Rochas Okorocha are in the thick of things
Seven months after suspending some of its prominent chieftains, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has kept mum over the fate of the affected party stalwarts.
Immediate past governors of Ogun and Imo states, Ibikunle Amosun and Owelle Rochas Okorocha and the director-general of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Osita Okechukwu were suspended days after the party won the 2019 presidential polls.
The immediate past Niger Delta Minister, Usani Usani was also affected by the decision of the APC's National Working Committee (NWC).
The party leveled allegations of anti-party activities against them.
The APC National Executive Committee (NEC), the party’s highest decision-making organ, also recommended the outright expulsion of the chieftains from the ruling party.
Since the decision was taken and announced in the media, the affected chieftains are yet to get any official correspondence to notify them of the party’s decision, adding they got to know of their suspension via the media.
Already, the hands of the national leadership of the party seem to be tied as the constitution of the party stipulates stringent rigorous procedures to implement the disciplinary action.
To make matters worse, the party's NEC has failed to meet for the past one year to deliberate on such sanction, when the constitution stipulates 14 days.
This means the APC national leadership itself is running afoul of the statutory requirements of holding a normal meeting every quarter or an emergency meeting summoned by the national chairman.
Speaking to Daily Sun on the delay of the APC to take a definite stand, the party's national publicity secretary, Lanre Isaa-Onilu, said: “All I can tell you is that this issue is a family affair and will be treated and handled as such.”
Meanwhile, Katsina governor Aminu Masari has alleged that some Abuja-based APCnmembers from the state are using federal government resources to undermine his administration.
Governor Masari who made the allegation at a recent political meeting said APC as a party needed a total overhaul, adding that lack of discipline within the party may lead to its extinction.
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