- The All Progressives Congress (APC) says the suspension of Mustapha Salihu is a nullity
- The APC says the power for such suspension lies with the National Executive Council of the party
- The party says its National Working Committee would resolve the issue if the north eastern zone is unable to end the crisis
The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday, October 15, declared that the supposed suspension of its national vice chairman for the north eastern part of the country, Mustapha Salihu, is nothing but a nullity.
In a statement by Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, just appointed national publicity secretary of the party, the APC said: “Our attention has been drawn to the purported suspension of the APC national vice chairman (north east), Comrade Mustapha Salihu, by the north east zonal office.
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“We state categorically that the purported suspension is a nullity as the north east zonal office does not have such powers to suspend a national officer.
“According to the party’s constitution, such powers reside with the National Executive Committee (NEC).
“Whatever issues there might be, the party structure and constitution provides ample avenues for redress and dispute resolution.
“If the ‘north east zonal office’ is unable to achieve a resolution, the National Working Committee (NWC) can and will wade in the matter to achieve amicable settlement,” the statement obtained by NAIJ.com said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) allegedly cleared Orji Uzor Kalu, former governor of Abia state, to contest the party’s senatorial primary to represent Abia North at the National Assembly, ahead of the 2019 general election.
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This was confirmed by Yekini Nabena, acting national publicity secretary of the party, in a statement on Tuesday evening, October 2.
The newspaper notes that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is on an 11-year-long prosecution of Kalu for alleged fraud totalling N7.1 billion.
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