APC expels ex- vice-chairman Hilliard Eta over court case
- The APC has taken strong disciplinary action against its former national vice chairman south-south, Hilliard Eta
- The ruling party accused the politician of refusing to adhere to directives
- The disciplinary action was backed by President Muhammadu Buhari and other APC leaders
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Hilliard Eta, a former national vice-chairman, south-south of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been expelled from the party.
According to Channels TV, Eta was expelled on Tuesday, December 8, by the party's national executive committee at an emergency meeting that held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai informed journalists that the refusal of Eta to withdraw the court case instituted against the caretaker committee prompted his expulsion.
Premium Times reported that the gathering was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Other attendees include the Senate president, Ahmad Lawan, and the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and party chiefs.
Meanwhile, the ruling party also extended the tenure of the caretaker committee by six months. President Muhammadu Buhari has urged the leaders of the party to respect the decision.
He said the Mai Mala Buni-led committee has succeeded in bringing a new atmosphere of hope to the party.
He expressed delight that through the efforts of the 13-member committee set up on June 25, many party members who had earlier defected from the APC had returned.
In another news, one of the opposition parties in Nigeria, the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), has been hit by the defection as a member of the House of Representatives, Herman Hembe, joined the ruling APC.
The lawmaker announced his defection from the APGA to the APC on Tuesday, December 8, during a plenary session.
Reacting to the lawmaker's move to APC, the minority leader of the House, Ndudi Elumelu, described the defection as illegal and asked the speaker to declare the seat of the Benue lawmaker vacant.
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