Taraba APC dismisses suspension of party chair

By Suru Charles

The leadership of the Taraba state chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC), has called on its members to dismiss the purported suspension of the party’s state chairman, Barrister Ibrahim Tukur EI-Sudi from the party.

Making the call yesterday in Jalingo, while reacting to the alleged suspension of the chairman, the leadership noted that those behind such acts were entreated to suspend the state APC chairman, in exchange for monetary compensation.

They stated this through the party’s Spokesperson, Aaron Artimas who affirmed that it is “obvious that the above narration is not unconnected with the gubernatorial rerun, which the national working committee of our party has scheduled for the 10th of February 2023.”

Citing articles 12.9 and 12.11, of the party’s constitution, he explained that those behind the purported suspension were not even up to the required number which is 2/3 majority.

He stated that those who carried out the suspension are not up to the required number. “you can see, we are gathered here to dismiss the suspension of the chairman as a non-event and a futile imagination

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“Their actions demonstrate quite clearly that the renegades are in complete ignorance of the workings of our party or its constitutional provisions.

“Just about 30 people comprising a few members of the state working and non-working committee and a few local government parties Chairmen deluded themselves from the task of suspending the chairman.”

To remove any officer, 2/3 of the members must be present after a notice for 21 days from a Disciplinary Committee (article 21.5.vi). And, this is subject to such officer’s fair hearing.

He noted that no prior allegation of indiscipline and impropriety has been tabled before the chairman before the purported decision to suspend him from office.

Rather than trying to frustrate the forthcoming governorship primary election rerun of the party, they beckoned at the members to close ranks for the greater task ahead.

30 out of the 145 state executive committee members of the party, spread across the state, local government and ward levels, were said to have earlier passed a vote of no confidence on the chairman, the action which the leadership of the party said cannot stand.

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