BENUE State chapter of the All Progressives Congress is currently embroiled in crisis following the alleged suspension and counter suspension of members.
Some members of the party in Gboko Local Government Area
on Wednesday expelled Becky Orpin and Abua Yajir, former executive leaders of the Local Government Council who are strong disciples of the Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs; Senator George Akume, the leader of the party in the state.
According to a statement issued by one Terfa Ahambe, the Public Relations Officer of the party in Gboko local government and made available to journalists in Markurdi on Wednesday, the duo were expelled for abuse of party construction by two-third of the exco members in the local government.
“The All Progressives Congress, APC,
Gboko Local Government chapter has expelled former Gboko Local Government Chairmen, Hon. Mrs Becky Orpin and Hon. Abua Simon Yajir from the party for abuse of the (APC) party constitution, destabilizing party organs and masterminding party crisis.”
However, the state party leadership, in a swift response, said that the people behind the expulsion of the two members had long been suspended from the party.
In a statement titled: “Suspended party members can not suspend legitimate members” and signed by James Ornguga, Caretaker State Publicity Secretary of the party, described the action of the members as “embarrassing”.
He said that the members who were already hobnobbing with other parties only wanted to wreak havoc to the APC before their exit.
Orgunga said that the party members who allegedly expelled legitimate members had long been suspended when they were found guilty of the allegations levelled against them.
“The State Working Committee on May 27, 2021 suspended and even expelled some of them based on the degree of their offences
“The said ex party members had grossly embarrassed the All Progressives Congress through impersonation of party offices, issuance of unauthorized publications, factionalization of the party in Gboko, carrying weapons and engaging in dishonest practices that tended to disrupt the peaceful, lawful and efficient organization of the Gboko chapter of the party.
“Unfortunately, instead of showing remorse for their offences, the group has rather constituted itself into a treacherous gang of traitors, issuing unauthorized suspension orders against legitimate party members who should rather be appreciated for their participation and investments in the party.
“Their intention, we have gathered, is to wreak havoc to the APC while planning their exit to other minor political parties they intend to join.
“The latest of their antics is the false publication
, announcing the outright suspension of Hon. Mrs Beckie Orpin, Hon. Simon Abua Yajir, Hon. Dennis Golozo, Hon. Peter Akumbur and Hon. Terfa Iorgilim.
The party leadership in the state warned the suspended members to stop dragging the name of the party to disrepute but urged them to serve their suspensions diligently.
The APC Publicity Secretary urged members in Gboko not to be deterred but close ranks and continue to build the party for future victories, stressing that the party would not hesitate to take legal action against the suspended members whose agenda was to disrupt the growing ranks of the party in Gboko and the state.