John Alechenu, Abuja
Aggrieved governors of the All Progressives Congress are likely to take off time from the meeting of the Nigeria Governor’s Forum, today (Tuesday) to forge a common front on issues affecting the party, The PUNCH has learnt.
A high-ranking member of the party privy to the proposed meeting, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to the media on the issue, told our correspondent, in Abuja, on Monday, that the meeting was “most likely to happen” after the meeting on the minimum wage.
He said, “Unless something drastic happens, they will hold the meeting to iron out issues relating to their grievances over the last primary.
“The President is scheduled to meet with some of the aggrieved persons tomorrow and they are preparing to meet to present a common front.”
In a related development, the party leadership has dismissed the purported expulsion of a former Secretary to the Enugu State Government, Chief Onyemuche Nnamani, from the party.
The National Organising Secretary of the APC, Mr Emma Ibediro, who conveyed the leadership’s position on the issue to newsmen in Abuja said the action carried by the Dr Ben Nwoye-led faction of the party was an enterprise in futility.
He said the APC was built on a set of laws and there were procedures for doing things.
Ibidiro said, “You must first set up a disciplinary committee to try such an individual and the report of such committee must go through the ward, Local Government, state and finally the national levels. Such a person must be given a fair hearing and so long as such a procedure is not complied with, any announcement of expulsion is a ruse and of no effect.”
He noted that while it was true that there were issues which arose from the last national convention of the party, such issues do not warrant aggrieved individuals to resort to self-help.
The organising secretary said, “You don’t wake up and begin to expel people on account of the decision to vent their anger on the outcome of the convention.
“There must be issues but we must come together and resolve our differences. Whatever happened during the convention is part of the process and must be allowed to rest.”
Speaking in a similar vein, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said, “I am not aware of the development in the Enugu State chapter but I can tell you that our party has a provision in its constitution that provides procedures for such disciplinary measures and unless it is adhered to, it will be of no effect.”
Recall, Nwoye had announced the expulsion of Nnamani, saying he contravened article 21 of the party’s constitution by taking the national leadership and the national vice chairman of the party in the South-East, Emma Enukwu, to court over the recently held national convention of the party.