The national headquarters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has set aside the decision of the party in Yobe State to suspend some of its officials.
The party said due process was not followed.
Chairman of the party in Yobe State, Adamu Chilariye, had recently endorsed the expulsion of some officials of the party over their refused to honour an invitation by a disciplinary committee to vindicate themselves on alleged anti party activities.
Those expelled include the APC Chairman, Zone “B” Muhammadu Guza, Yobe APC Woman leader, Ladi Jibril, state APC Legal Adviser, Barrister Hamza Jakusko, the party’s chairman in Potiskum Local Government, Audu Hussaini and his Secretary Adamu Yaro; the party’s chairman in Fune Local Government, Haruna Maikanti and his secretary Yaya.
Others are former member House of Rep, Hassan Jonga, Hassan Yawale and Alhaji Sule Buzu.
But the party in a statement by its National Legal Adviser, Dr. Muiz Banire , said Chilariye, did not follow the laid down procedure in suspending the members.
He noted that by Article 21(d)(iii) of the APC Constitution, the decision to expel a member can only be submitted to National Executive Committee and must be ratified by the Board of Trustees.
The statement reads: By virtue of Article 21, any issue relating to discipline of any member of the party must be subjected to principle of fair hearing and the process stated therein.
“From the information contained in the various petitions to the national chairman, we do not have sufficient information as per compliance with the above prerequisite and as such, kindly cause your state chapter to forward the record of proceedings to the national chairman to take a glimpse of what actually transpired in order for us to determine the proprietary or otherwise.
Meanwhile, status quo must be maintained and by this, all purported expelled or suspended members of the party are to retain their membership pending the determination of the issue.”
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