As part of measures to instill discipline among its members, the Enugu State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has slammed a one-year suspension on five of its members, including the 2011 governorship candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Valentine Nnadozie, over alleged anti party activities and deliberate violation of the party's constitution.
Others sanctioned include Ejike Ugwu from Igboetiti council area, Okenwa Onyekachi, Uzo -Uwani LGA, Rev. Jonas Onuora, Nkanu East and Elija Ngene, Enugu South council.
Announcing the development yesterday in Enugu during a press briefing, State Chairman of the party, Dr. Ben Nwoye, said a committee set up by the state executive committee headed by Barrister Best Aroh found the affected members guilty.
"The committee after its thorough investigation, had recommended expulsion, but the leadership of the party decided to tamper justice with mercy, and pegged their sanction to one year suspension each," Nwoye hinted.
He said the suspended members are among the few elements in the party that are indisposed to the admission of new members into its fold, adding that they have also been conducting themselves in all manner and engaging in negative acts that are capable of bringing the party into disrepute.
According to Nwoye, "these few elements who have been causing problem in the party, always try to make up facts where they do not exit. Just recently, Nnadozie, and co, forwarded a frivolous petition to the office of the Acting Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, calling for the sack of the state executive council.
"The suspended members were found guilty of violating sections of the party's constitution. They are not happy with the inroad the party is making in the state. APC remains a disciplined party for progressive minds and true democrats.
"The suspension is effective from June 15th 2017; those affected by this suspension are barred from participating in any and all activities of APC during the period of their suspension."