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Anambra APC crisis deepens as party suspends Chair

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Anambra APC crisis deepens as party suspends Chair

There is palpable tension in Anambra State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, following announcement of the suspension of the state chairman, Chief Basil Ejidike by a section of the party’s stakeholders.

The latest development might not be unconnected to the controversial primaries rejected by most party’s governorship aspirants and refusal of some stakeholders to join Senator Andy Uba in the campaign on the allegation that the primary was not credible.

A party stakeholder, Okonkwo Okom who announced the suspension at a press conference in Awka, said the action followed Ejidike’s refusal to convene a meeting of the state executive committee/state congress of the party to tackle pressing and urgent matters, despite repeated demands as stipulated by the party’s constitution.

He said the party’s state chapter jointly convened by not less than two-thirds of the members of the state executive committee and not less than two-thirds of the 21 Local Government Area chairman of APC with the mandate of the 326 ward chairmen in the state took the decision to suspend Ejidike.

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The statement reads in part, “That Mr. Basil Ejidike be and is hereby suspended forthwith from office as the Caretaker Chairman of All Progressives Congress in Anambra State, pending his appearance before a Disciplinary/ Fact-Finding Committee of the party.

“That the next most senior available official of the party in the state is mandated to convene an emergency meeting of the state executive committee in consultation with the leader of the party in Anambra State, Dr Chris Ngige, within the next 14 days from the date hereof to discuss the modalities for strengthening and repositioning the All Progressives Congress and for moving the party forward in Anambra State.

“That Mr. Basil Ejidike shall be referred to the Disciplinary/Fact Finding Committee of the party in the state as prescribed by the APC constitution to answer to charges of abuse of power and office, diversion and conversion of party property, flagrant sabotage, subversion and breach of the party’s constitution, insubordination and disrespect to the Office and person of the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, embezzlement and misappropriation of party’s funds, among other charges.

“ That as required by the party’s constitution, these resolutions shall be immediately transmitted to the National Caretaker and Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee for immediate implementation

Reacting, Ejidike, has described his purported suspension as laughable, saying those involved were renegades who left the party after the primaries that nominated Uba.

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He said, “Those people are not members of our party. They are renegades who left the party after our primaries in June. They can’t suspend me.

“As I’m talking to you, I’m at the national secretariat of our party in Abuja. Their claim is laughable. What is the position of the person that convened the meeting that sacked me? They are trying to see if they can instigate a crisis in our party; that is their only interest.”

Profile: From Ozuitem, Bende Local government Area of Anambra State. Political science (B. Sc) from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka & Business Administration (Diploma) from the University of Calabar. Email him at elekwachinedum@yahoo.com

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