The All Progressives Congress (APC), Enugu State chapter, has suspended six of its members following allegations of misconduct.
Five of the suspended members were said to have landed in troubled waters after they were probed and it was discovered that they made false allegations against the state executive committee of the party in a petition they forwarded to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
The 6th person suspended, Valentine Ikpa, was accused of a different misconduct from the other five.
Their suspension was made known to newsmen on Sunday by the state chairman of the party, Dr Ben Nwoye, who said the five members were suspended for a year, while Ikpa was slammed with one month suspension.
He gave the name of the five members as Valentine Nnadozie, Mr Ejike Ugwu , Mr Okenwa Onyekachi, Rev. Jonas Onuorah and Mr Elijah Ngene.
“They (suspended members) opted to paint the party in a bad colour. They organised themselves and filed a petition to the Office of the SGF, seeking to dissolve the executive committee of the APC in Enugu State.
“Interestingly, the individuals they submitted the petition to are Federal Government officials, not national party officials.
“In what amounted to an insult on the APC in this country, they asked the office of the SGF to invite the leadership of the party in Enugu State to appear before it to respond to the false allegations they made.
“Following the development, the executive committee of the APC in Enugu State set up a committee to ascertain those behind the petition and recommend sanctions.
“The committee, at the conclusion of its investigations, found out that the petition was ‘sponsored’ by Valentine Nnadozie and Ejike Ugwu.
“The committee also found that the signatures in the petition were forged, but they recruited Okenwa Onyekachi, Rev. Jonas Onuorah and Mr Elija Ngene to stand by the frivolous allegations in the petition.
“The committee found them guilty of bringing the image of the party into disrepute. The committee recommended their expulsion from the party. However, the executive committee, after deliberations, decided that each of them should be placed on one – year suspension,” Nwoye said.
The sanctioned members are yet to respond to their suspensions.
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