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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

APC NWC Upholds Suspension Of Party Chairman


The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday approved the suspension of the Edo state chairman of the party, Anslem Ojezua.

Ojezua was suspended by eleven [11] of the sixteen [16] members of the Edo State Working Committee (SWC) and the notice of his suspension was received by the NWC during its meeting at the party's National Secretariat, Abuja, today.

The NWC said it was convinced upon review of the suspension slammed on Ajezua that the SWC followed the due procedure to arrive at its decision and concluded that they have fulfilled the required conditions, according to Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the National Publicity Secretary of APC, in a release.

Issa - Onilu who lamented the festering crisis in the  Edo APC despite efforts by party chieftains to keep it from escalating, added that the NWC had constituted a high-power fact-finding and reconciliation committee to meet with disputing parties and resolve all issues.

He stated: "The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has watched with grave concern the political development within the Party ranks in Edo State and is deeply disturbed by the recent turn of events. We note that this is happening inspite of the various steps the party has taken to find an amicable resolution.

"Recall that party leaders such as the Chairman, Nigerian Governors’ Forum (NGF) and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; Chairman, Progressives Governors’ Forum (PGF) and Governor of Kebbi State, Alhaji Abubakar Bagudu, and other eminent party leaders,  had all tried at various times to ensure that the issues do not escalate. 

"Sadly, these interventions have not yielded the desirable results.

"However, the immediate concern of the NWC is how to ensure that unity returns to the ranks of the party in Edo State. In achieving this, we have decided to constitute a high-power fact-finding and reconciliation committee of party leaders to meet with all disputing parties to ensure that all issues are addressed and resolved.

"Meanwhile, the meeting of the NWC, which held today, Wednesday, at the Party’s National Secretariat received a notification of the suspension of the Edo State APC Chairman, Anslem Ojezua by eleven [11] of the sixteen [16] members of the Edo State Working Committee (SWC). We have reviewed the process they followed and conclude that they have fulfilled the required conditions.

"We therefore uphold the suspension of the Edo State APC Chairman, Anslem Ojezua while we await the outcome of the fact-finding and reconciliation committee.

"Please note that the NWC’s objective and cause of action is strictly to address the root causes of the disputations and reconcile all parties to make our great party even stronger."



From Jane Okafor, Abuja

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