APC Nullifies Suspension of North East Zonal Vice Chair
The All Progressives Congress ( APC ) on Monday nullified the reported suspension of the National Vice Chairman, North East of the party, Comrade Mustapha Salihu by the Zonal Working Committee.
The New National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu said in his first official statement that the Zonal Working Committee of the party does not have the power to suspend a national officer as such power lies only in the National Executive Committee.
The Zonal Working Committee of the party had in a letter to the National Chairman announced the suspension of Comrade Salihu, accusing him of inability to run the party judiciously, prudently, democratically and accountably in the zone.
The statement reads “Our attention has been drawn to the purported suspension of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Vice Chairman (North East), Comrade Mustapha Salihu by the “North East Zonal Office”.
“We state categorically that the purported suspension is a nullity as the “North East Zonal Office” does not have such powers to suspend a National Officer. According to the Party’s constitution, such powers reside with the National Executive Committee (NEC).
“Whatever issues there might be, the party structure and constitution provides ample avenues for redress and dispute resolution.
“If the “North East Zonal Office” is unable to achieve a resolution, the National Working Committee (NWC) can and will wade in the matter to achieve amicable settlement.”