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Benue APC Suspends Waku, Jime, Others For ‘Anti-party Activities’

Posted: Jun 9, 2015 at 9:21 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Tor Vande-Acka, Makurdi


The Benue State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) may have entered a crisis that could consume it following the suspension of controversial Senator, Joseph Waku; APC governorship aspirant in the 2015 primaries, Emmanuel Jime; and 10 others by the party.

Waku was also a governorship aspirant on the APC’s platform during the 2015 primaries.

Others that were also suspended are Dorothy Mato, Sunny Odugbo, Justice Utsaha, John Usaka, E. Onaji, Matthew Nezan, Frank Utoo, Linda Ogbeche, Avine Agbum and Ojogbsni Adai.

Chairman of the party in the state, Abba Yaro disclosed this after a meeting of the state executive committee of the party in Makurdi on Tuesday.

In an interview with Daily Independent in Makurdi, Yaro said the affected persons “were suspended for anti-party activities”, because they worked against the party during the 2015 general elections.

However, Daily Independent gathered that the affected persons may have been suspended for their refusal to withdraw cases they had filed before some courts challenging the nomination and election of some of the party’s candidates.

Jime, who has been in court since before the 2015 elections, is challenging the emergence of the state governor, Samuel Ortom, as the party’s governorship candidate.

It was also gathered that Jime had insisted he would continue with the case so that the same treatment would not be meted out to someone else in future.

On the other hand, Utoo is challenging the nomination of Dickson Tarkigir as APC candidate for Makurdi/Guma Federal Constituency, while Agbum and Mato have faulted the emergence of  the elected members representing Makurdi South State Constituency and Herman Hembe as the candidate for Jechira Federal Constituency.