The crisis between Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello and his deputy, Elder Simon Achuba deepened as the All Progressives Congress (APC), Kogi state chapter suspended the Deputy Governor.
The party, obviously, at the behest of the governor suspended the embattled deputy governor for alleged anti-party activities before, during and after the 2019 general elections.
The party claimed it based the suspension on “some actions the Deputy Governor took that constitute an embarrassment to APC family in Kogi state”.
The Kogi APC chairman, Abdullahi Bello, told reporters in Lokoja the party received several petitions from stakeholders in Iyano ward, Ibaji Local Government Area, where the Deputy Governor hails from.
He alleged Achuba of discretely and openly working for candidates of opposition parties during the presidential, national and state assembly elections in the state.
Bello added that the activities of Achuba during the last elections was against the APC candidates, while he (Achuba) held the exalted position of the Deputy Governor of the state
He noted that the report of the disciplinary committee constituted by the Iyano ward and Ibaji local government APC, to probe the crises in the area, allegedly indicted the deputy governor, and also recommended for his suspension to be followed by expulsion, if he did not show any remorse.
He stated that the state Working Committee of the APC, having deliberated on the recommendations of the disciplinary committee of APC Iyano ward and Ibaji local government branch of the party, resolved and upheld Elder Simon Achuba’s suspension till he responds to the letter that the party would serve him.
“As we are all aware, the All Progressives Congress does not condone acts of indiscipline, indiscretion and anti-party activities from any party member, no matter how highly placed.
“His series of reckless, damaging and unsubstantiated allegations against the government of Kogi state was an action that constitutes a serious violation of Article 21A(ii), (v) and (vii) of the APC constitution, amount, amounting to acts of disloyalty and embarrassment to the party,” Bello stressed.
He added that the decision of the state working committee will be communicated to the APC National Working Committee in due course.