Kogi state chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC) has suspended the deputy governor of the state, Simon Achuba, from the party.
Channels TV reports that the state party chairman, Abdullahi Bello, announced this on Thursday, August 8, at a press conference in Lokoja, the state capital.
Newsflash247 gathered that the deputy governor was suspended for alleged anti-party activities before, during and after the 2019 general elections.
The party also based the suspension on some actions the deputy governor allegedly took which it said constituted an embarrassment to the APC family in the state.
Bello said the party has received several petitions from stakeholders in Iyano ward of Ibaji local government area where Achuba hails from.
He claimed 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 party chairman added that the activities of the deputy governor during the elections were against the candidates of the APC.
He alleged that the report of the disciplinary committees constituted by his ward to probe the crises in the area, indicted him and recommended his suspension to be followed by expulsion if he did not show any remorse.
Bello noted that the state working committee of the party has deliberated on the recommendations of the disciplinary committee of APC Iyano ward and Ibaji local government branch of the party.
He added that committee resolved to uphold Achuba’s suspension until he responds to the letter which the party would serve him.
“As we are all aware, the APC does not condone acts of indiscipline, indiscretion, and anti-party activities from any party member, no matter how highly placed.
“His 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,” the party chairman said.
He added that the decision of the state working committee would be communicated to the APC national working committee in due course.
Meanwhile, Newsflash247 had previously reported that members of the Kogi state House of Assembly on Wednesday, August 7, began moves to impeach Achuba over alleged misconduct.
It was reported that the majority leader of the House, Abdullahi Bello (Ajaokuta, APC), read a petition signed against the deputy governor on the floor of the Assembly during a plenary.