The wrangling in the Adamawa state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken a different dimension as a vote of no confidence was on Monday passed on the party’s chairman Ibrahim Bilal, by the state executive.
The chairman who was as a result of the vote of no confidence passed on him sacked from office was accused of gross abuse of power, corruption, dereliction of duty among others.
It would be recalled that The Trumpet had early last month reported the ongoing plans by the party’s executive to sack the chairman.
“We the undersigned members of the state executive committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Adamawa State wish to pass a vote of no confidence on the chairman of the Adamawa State chapter of APC, Alh. Ibrahim Bilal, over gross misconduct” was observed to have been signed by the executive of the party.
“Our resolve to take this line of action,” they said “follows the failure of the chairman to respond to the allegations of gross misconduct levelled against him as provided for in the constitution. We view his failure to respond to the weighty allegations as acceptance of guilt.”
According to the removal notice, the twenty-five members of the state executive committee had on the 26th of last month issued a formal complaint to the executive officers of the party over constitutional violations which constitute gross misconduct in line with the spirit of fair hearing as provided by the constitution.”
Those accused alongside the chairman but later spared are the party’s secretary, Raymond Dr Chidama and the treasurer, Alhaji Yahya Hammanjulde.
While both the Secretary and the treasurer were spared by the executive, the chairman, as observed by our correspondent, was however not lucky to remain in office.
The decision of the Secretary and the treasurer to respond to the allegations levelled against them was cited as major reasons why they were pardoned by the party’s leadership.
“The secretary and the treasurer duly responded and made convincing submissions and hence cleared their names.
“But as of this day, the chairman of the party refused to respond to the grave allegations in order to clear his name. In fact, he has even refused to come to Yola from his Abuja base where he has permanently relocated.
“But while he was fiddling in Abuja, the party he is superintending in Adamawa is under serious threat of implosion as a result of unresolved complaints leading to a pent up anger in the party” the removal notice reads.
Adding that “there are a plethora of petitions at the secretariat addressed to the chairman but he hadn’t sat down at the secretariat for a second for over two months making the petitions to remain unaddressed. That forced some of the complainants to leave the party.”
Wondering why he has failed to respond to the allegations, they said “as a result of this gross failure, we hereby resolved to invoke article 21.5 (vi) of the party’s constitution which vested us with the powers to pass a vote of no confidence on him this day of September 2022.”
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