- Rotimi Amaechi's suspension by the Rivers state chapter of the APC has been nullified
- The decision was taken by the Governor-Mai Mala Buni-led leadership of the ruling party
- The APC also voided the suspension of Victor Giadom who at a time claimed that he was the national chairman of the party
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The suspension of the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, Senator Andrew Uchendu, and the expulsion of Victor Giadom have been nullified by the All Progressives Congress at the national level.
The nullification was effected by the interim national head of the APC, Mai Mala Buni who through Dare Oketade, the leader of legal services for the party said that members of the Igo Aguma-led faction in Rivers are not ward executives, PM News reports.
In a letter to this effect, Oketade pointed out that going by the ruling party's records, such so-called faction bigwigs do not have the powers to suspend Amaechi, hence the APC's latest decision.
For the records, the party's lawyer clarified that the only acknowledged chairman of the state's chapter is Isaac Abbot Ogbobula.
The APC, therefore, warned its chieftains in Rivers that its penalties for impersonation still stand and will be meted on anyone guilty of such.
Part of the letter read:
“The attention of the Party has been drawn, through the social and print media to the purported suspension of Rt. Hon.Rotimi Amaechi, Senator Andrew Uchendu and the purported expulsion of Victor Giadom, respectively as members of the Party in Rivers state by some so-called ward executives of the Party.
￼“By the above, I wish to draw you and other Party members in Rivers State attention to the consequences of impersonation within the Constitution of our Party and the laws of Nigeria.
“It is therefore in the interest of the general public and our members in Rivers State that I am further directed to notify you that all actions purportedly taken by those ward executives, unknown to the National Headquarters of the Party, and you in the name of the All Progressives Congress are null and void and of no merit."
Earlier, Amaechi was suspended by the Igo Aguma-led faction of the APC in Rivers state.
The suspension had deepened the crisis in the state chapter of the party, adding that both camps strived to gain control of the APC ahead of the 2023 general elections.
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