Eta: My Expulsion, a Nullity

 

Hilary Eta has, however, described his expulsion by NEC of the party as a nullity.

He told journalists in a phone interview after his expulsion that the acting National Secretary of the party, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, has no power to convene the NEC meeting.

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He stated: “I am already in court. The lawyers amongst them should have told them that they can’t make that pronouncement since I am in court.

“Their action is a nullity because it isn’t even the NEC of the party that met. Their so-called acting national secretary has no power to convene NEC.”

But, a group, Concerned APC Members, which has been mounting pressure on the caretaker committee to organise a national convention for the party said the pronouncements by NEC did not come as a surprise.

The spokesperson of the group, Mr. Abdullahi Dauda, in a telephone interview yesterday, said this was the beginning of another long journey for the party.

He said: “The pronouncement by our party’s NEC did not come to us as a surprise, we knew about the plot long before today. We wish to say it is the beginning of another long journey for our party.

“If those who have hijacked the party think they can frustrate us out of a party so many people came together to build, they should think again because we are not leaving. We as loyal members of this great party will continue to ask our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, not to allow a few selfish individuals misguide him into taking actions that will destroy this party.”

Also, the Enugu State Chairman of APC and the Secretary, Forum of State Chairmen, Dr. Ben Nwoye, told journalists in a telephone interview that the decision of the NEC to dissolve the structures of the party was in the interest of the party.

He explained that by the time the tenure of the caretaker committee ends, the party would be more formidable.

Nwoye stated: “The outcome of the NEC meeting was in the interest of the party to further strengthen the party and further streamline the processes and solidify the party.”

When asked if that was the official position of the forum, he said yes.

Also, the Director-General of Voice of Nigeria (VON) and a chieftain of the party, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, commended the decision of NEC to reposition and reinvigorate the party.

Okechukwu, in a statement issued yesterday, described the dissolution of the party structures as a welcome development in the repositioning of the party.

The Oyo State Chairman of the APC, Chief Akin Oke, also said he was not bothered by the dissolution of the executives of the party at all levels.

Speaking in an interview yesterday, he said he heard about the dissolution in the news like any other member of the party.

The Ogun State chapter of APC said it welcomed the NEC decision granting additional six-month tenure to the caretaker committee.

In a statement yesterday in Abeokuta, and signed by the Publicity Secretary of the state APC Caretaker Committee, Mr. Tunde Oladunjoye, the party commended “NEC for its bold decision on members still with cases in courts, and advised that those who are yet to comply with the party’s directive asking them to withdraw their cases from courts to do so in order to avoid similar sanctions from NEC.”

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