The All Progressive Gand Alliance (APGA) yesterday announced the suspension of Imo state Governor , Rochas Okoroacha accusing him of engaging in gross anti-party activities.
Rising from an emergency National Executive Committee(NEC) meeting yesterday in Abuja, the party also announced the dissolution of the imo state executive of APGA. It said that a 21-man Committee will be appointed to oversee the party until a congress is held.
A communique read by the National Vice Chairman of APGA ( South-West) , Alhaji Tayo Sowunmi said “the NEC unanimously resolved to suspend with immediate effect the governor of Imo state, Owelle Rochas Okoroacha from the party, for gross anti -party activities, bordering on his involvement with the newly regsitered All Progressives Congress (APC) contrary to the clear provisions of the APGA constitution.
“The NEC also unanimously resolved to dissolve the Imo state executive committee of APGA with the immediate effect. A 21-man caretaker committee shall be appointed to run the affairs of the party in Imo pending the condiuct of state congress”.
On the November governorship election of Anambra state, APGA leadership approved the party’s electoral guidelines for the governorship primaries.
Giving insight into the meeting, Sowunmi explained that the party leaders discussed preparations for the Anambra gubernatorial election and approved guidelines for the exercise.
He disclosed that so far, 14 aspirants expressed interest to contest the governorship on the party’s ticket three hours after the party invited aspirants. He said the party has received from the aspirants N10 million for men and N5m for women for the expression of interest form.
He said “We opened the sale of the expression of interest forms from the 29th of July till August 2 and by the close of work on August 2, 14 people had taken the expression of interest forms.
“The people who have taken the expression of interest forms will be expected to pick nomination forms and will be screened and face the primaries. Male aspirants will pay N10 million and to encourage women to actively participate the women will pay N 5 million.”
Sowunmi said the NEC again restated that APGA is not part of APC as some of their governors have mischeviously made it a point of duty to include the APGA logo in their advertorials.
He said “We had demanded an apology from Fashola and the payment of N20 billion, and Alhaji Tanko Almakura repeated the same thing in a national daily and we will be demanding the sum if N5 billion from him.
” We call on all the parties that are involved in the Anambra State government to stick to the code of conduct signed with the Independent National Electoral Commission