By Boluwaji Obahopo
LOKOJA – The All Progressive Congress (APC) Kogi state chapter on Thursday suspended the embattled Deputy Governor, Elder Simon Achuba from the party for “anti-party activities.”
The party also based the suspension on some actions the Deputy Governor took that constitute an embarrassment to APC family in Kogi state.
APC State Chairman, Abdullahi Bello who disclosed this at a press conference in Lokoja said the party has received several petitions from stakeholders in Iyano ward of Ibaji local government area where the Deputy Governor hailed from, alleging that Achuba had discretely and openly worked for the candidates of the opposition parties during the presidential, national and state assembly elections in the state.
The Chairman noted that the report of the disciplinary committees constituted by the Iyano ward and Ibaji local government APC to probe the crises in the area allegedly indicted the Deputy Governor and also recommended for his suspension to be followed by expulsion if he did not show any remorse.
“The State Working Committee of APC having deliberated on the recommendations of the disciplinary committee of APC Iyano ward and Ibaji local government branch of the party, the state’s chapter of APC have resolved and upheld Elder Simon Achuba’s suspension till he responds to the letter that the party would serve him.
“The All Progressive Congress does not condone acts of indiscipline, indiscretion and anti-party activities from any party member, no matter how highly placed.
“His (Achuba) series of reckless, damaging and unsubstantiated allegations against the government of Kogi state was an action that constitutes a serious violation of Article 21A(ii), (v) and (vii) of the APC constitution; amounting to acts of disloyalty and embarrassment to the party”.
He added that the decision of the State Working Committee will be communicated to the APC National Working Committee in due course.