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APC approves suspension of national vice-chairman
THE All Progressives Congress (APC) has approved the suspension of its national vice-chairman, Inuwa Abdulkadir.
Lanre Issa-Onilu, the party’s spokesperson, made the decision public through a press statement released on Thursday.
“The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has upheld the disciplinary actions of Magajin Gari ‘A’ Ward, Sokoto North Local Government, and the Party’s Sokoto State Executive Committee on the Party’s National Vice Chairman (North West), Inuwa Abdulkadir over anti-party activities,” Issa-Onilu said.
“The party organs in Sokoto State have earlier expelled Abdulkadir and passed on their recommendation to the NWC for ratification.”
He said the resolution to uphold the decision of the state’s party organs was reached at a meeting of the NWC held on Thursday at the party’s national secretariat.
“Abdulkadir failed to utilise the opportunity to defend himself before the disciplinary committee set up by the NWC to look into the various petitions received against certain members of our party,” the spokesperson added.
“Following the suspension of Abdulkadir, the NWC will subsequently forward the decision of the Sokoto State organs to the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) for further actions.”
Abdulkadir had earlier said in a letter to the party that it would be improper for him to appear before the disciplinary panel as he already instituted a court case against the APC “arising from some false and malicious allegations touching on” his integrity.
In a different letter, he had also accused Issa-Onilu of making defamatory statements against him during interviews with the press and he had given the spokesperson seven days to retract them and apologise publicly.
The suspended official had been accused of working against the interests of the party in the last gubernatorial election in Sokoto State, where Aminu Tambuwal, candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), emerged the winner.