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Primaries: APC threatens to expel aggrieved govs’ men, others

…sets up reconciliation c’ttee

By Omeiza Ajayi

ABUJA—In what appeared to be a subtle threat to some of its aggrieved governors and their proxies, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has threatened to activate constitutional provisions regarding the several court actions instituted against it as a result of the outcome of its recent nationwide congresses.

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This came as the National Working Committee, NWC,  constituted a  reconciliation committee to interface with all aggrieved persons in the party.

The committees were set up on a geopolitical basis with seven members each, including governors elected on the platform of the party.

Three aggrieved governors, Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State and Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara State were, however, excluded from the committees.

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Vanguard learned the decision was taken at Monday’s meeting of the NWC.

Confirming the development in a statement, National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said the NWC,  “frowned on the actions of some party members who have resorted to litigation as a way of addressing their perceived grievances without exhausting the party’s dispute resolution mechanism.

“Article 21(D)(v) states that any member who files an action in the court of law against the party or any of its officers on any matter or matters relating to the discharge of the duties of the party without first exhausting the avenues for redress provided for in this constitution shall automatically stand expelled from the party  and no appeal against expulsion as stipulated in this clause shall be entertained until the withdrawal of the action from the court by the member.”

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