Litigation: Rivers State APC loyal to Abe face expulsion, says party chieftain.
Following threats by the Igo Aguma-led faction of the Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress to proceed to the Supreme Court, the party’s National Secretariat is preparing to invoke provisions of its constitution to expel them should they carry out the threat.
The faction is believed to be loyal to Senator Magnus Abe, an APC chieftain in the state.
A top-ranking member of the party’s National Executive Committee who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media on the issue, told Sunday PUNCH that “the era of platitudes is effectively over.”
The source said, “The decision of the National Executive Committee of our great party after the NEC meeting of December 8 has set a precedence and a clear message to all members who have chosen the path of disobedience.
“Let me refresh the minds of those who may have forgotten. Our former National Vice Chairman (South-South), Hilliard Eta, was expelled for this same attitude. If our brothers in Rivers State chose to go through that route, they would certainly have themselves to blame.
“Article 21 (ii and x) of our constitution contains specific offences and the punishment such offences attract.” Article 21 (ii) states: ‘Anti-party activities or any conduct which is likely to embarrass or have adverse effect on the party or bring the party into hatred, contempt, ridicule or disrepute.
“(x) reads, ‘Filing an action in a court of law against the party or any of its officers on any matter relating to the discharge of the duties of the party without first exhausting all avenues for redress provided for in this constitution.”
The source said, “Since it is still just a threat, we are waiting. If they see any reason to retrace their steps, there will be no cause for discipline. However, if they go ahead, the consequences are clear.”
Speaking on the issue, a party chieftain and legal practitioner in Gombe State, Abdullahi Jalo, said, “Political parties are governed by their constitution, rules and conventions.
“I am aware of a Supreme Court judgement which gives political parties powers over their internal affairs. Those who are being deceived by external forces to destabilise our party should take note of this,” he said.
The Appeal Court sitting in Abuja had on Tuesday sacked Igo Aguma, the factional APC Rivers State Caretaker Chairman.
Aguma, a loyalist of Abe, has vowed to challenge the ruling at the Supreme Court.
There has been several efforts by friends and political associates of Abe and Amaechi to reconcile them but all their efforts have proven abortive.
It is rumoured that the Magnus Abe’s faction of Rivers APC is working closely with the Rivers State Governor, Barr. Ezebunwor Nyesom Wike and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to make sure APC does not find her footing
We will bring more details about the suspension of Aguma and others when they are available.