The National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bolaji Abdullahi, has dismissed reports that the State Executive Committee (SEC) of the Party in Kogi State has been suspended.
According to him, the reports did not emanate from the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party or any of its organs vested with the constitutional power to do so.
Abdullahi, who made this known to journalists in Abuja on Friday. said: “Our attention has been drawn to a story on a National Television that the State Executive Committee (SEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State has been suspended.
“We want to state that this action does not emanate from the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party or any of its organs so empowered to do so.
“Although, there are issues within the party in Kogi State and the NWC has empowered a committee to investigate the issues and make recommendations, the NWC has not been appropriately briefed on the outcome of the committee’s work and therefore has not taken any decision.
“In this wise, we affirm that the State Working Committee of APC in Kogi State led by the Chairman, Alhaji Haddy Ametuo remains the only recognised executive committee of the party in the State until the appropriate organ of the party decides otherwise in accordance with the procedure laid down by the party constitution.
“We wish to affirm that whether in Kogi or elsewhere, the NWC will ensure that justice is done to all concerned and will be guided by the constitution of the party and the best interest of the party. At the moment, we believe this action, purportedly sacking the Kogi executive is prejudicial and incongruous with the party’s desires for reconciliation.
“We enjoin all party members at all levels to desist from taking unilateral actions.
In is own reaction, the embattled APC chairman, Alhaji Haddy Ametuo, fingered the Kogi State Governor,Yahaya Bello as the brain behind the plot to unseat the state executive committee, saying that the governor cannot remove them on the pages of newspapers.
He said all the governor’s effort to unseat them had always hit the rock warning that Bello should stop using the state resources for frivolities.
“ Bello should face his woes and tackle the over 20 months salary arrears owed the state workers instead of unnecessary distractions.
“Why is Bello in a hurry to remove us, after all, our President, Muhammadu Buhari has appointed our highly revered national leader, Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu to resolve all the crisis in the party nationwide.
“Thank God, the party leadership who knows that we are democratically elected had spoken,” Ametuo said.