The executive committee of the Enugu State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress has suspended six members of the party over alleged misconduct.
The Chairman, Enugu APC, Dr Ben Nwoye, informed journalists on Sunday that five of the suspended members were investigated and indicted for making false allegations against the state executive committee of the party in a petition they forwarded to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
The members, who were suspended for a year over the alleged false petition, are Mr Valentine Nnadozie, Mr Ejike Ugwu, Mr Okenwa Onyekachi, Rev. Jonas Onuorah and Mr Elijah Ngene.
The sixth person, Valentine Ikpa, was suspended for one month for a different reason.
Nwoye said the suspended party members had been barred from participating in any activity of the APC in Enugu until after the duration of their suspensions.
Nwoye explained that a committee set up to investigate the conduct of the suspended members recommended their outright expulsion from the party.
He said, “They (suspended members) opted to paint the party in a bad colour. They organised themselves and filed a petition to the Office of the SGF, seeking to dissolve the executive committee of the APC in Enugu State.
“Interestingly, the individuals they submitted the petition to are Federal Government officials, not national party officials.
“In what amounted to an insult on the APC in this country, they asked the Office of the SGF to invite the leadership of the party in Enugu State to appear before it to respond to the false allegations they made.
“Following the development, the executive committee of the APC in Enugu State set up a committee to ascertain those behind the petition and recommend sanctions.
“The committee, at the conclusion of its investigations, found out that the petition was ‘sponsored’ by Valentine Nnadozie and Ejike Ugwu.
“The committee also found that the signatures in the petition were forged, but they recruited Okenwa Onyekachi, Rev. Jonas Onuorah and Mr Elija Ngene to stand by the frivolous allegations in the petition.
“The committee found them guilty of bringing the image of the party into disrepute. The committee recommended their expulsion from the party. However, the executive committee, after deliberations, decided that each of them should be placed on one-year suspension.”
Efforts to get the reactions of the suspended APC members were not successful as of the time of filing this report.
But Nwoye explained that they have all been notified of their suspension.