11 July 2014

Nigeria: Another Crisis Rocks Delta APC, Party Chairman Suspended

Asaba — The crisis rocking the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Delta State has taken another dimension following the alleged suspension of state party chairman, Jones Ode Erue.

Erue was allegedly suspended by some aggrieved members of the party led by a member of the state working committee.

But Isaac Adaka Adakpo, state Publicity Secretary of the party, described the alleged suspension as a nullity, saying those responsible for the action were angry ,following the refusal of the chairman to "subscribe to alteration or changing of results by the rule of the thumb.

"The national body is not aware of this suspension and that makes it a nullity. It is left for those who suspended to take their case up there. I got a text message that the chairman has been suspended but you do not suspend a chairman through text messages, there are procedures to be followed.

"What happened was that a few persons, feeling that the party ought to be run in the way they think, are going about causing confusion but we will calm the situation and concentrate on how to mobilise for that (council) election.

"As I speak with you, Jones Ode Erue remains the chairman of the party in the state and has been elected as the chairman of state chairmen of APC in the country. He will be attending the summit of APC all state chairman in Owerri, Imo State," Adakpo added.

On the council poll slated for October 25, Adakpo stated that the party was mobilising strongly for the election, adding that the pockets of crisis within the party would not affect its fortunes, as measures have been intensified to reconcile all factions.

He said party is poised to contest the council election in the state and is poised to defeat the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

"The sale of form is on; primaries will be conducted and we are contesting the election across the 25 councils including Warri North where the governor comes from and Isoko where the PDP claims to be a bastion," he declared.

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