The unresolved crisis rocking Ebonyi State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC; appeared to have resurfaced as the party has announced the suspension of state campaign coordinator of General Buhari’s campaign organization and governorship aspirant in the just concluded election, Chief Austin Edeze and four other members citing several cases of anti-party activities and rebellious behaviours.
In a statement jointly signed by Hon. Ben Nwobasi and Pastor Victor Nnali Elem, chairman and secretary respectively; APC explained that the suspension of Chief Austin Igwe Edeze, Prof. Francis Ibiam, Pastor Eze Nwachukwu Eze, Mr. Ephraim Eze and Mr. Ngaji Nwodo, was part of the resolutions reached at the 7th State Working Committee meeting.
The party asked all its faithful and the general public to distance themselves from the suspended officers noting that within the five months’ duration of their suspension, the affected officers would not be involved in any of APC activities.
While thanking APC faithful and supporters in Ebonyi State for their commitment to the party’s cause before, during and after the general elections, the statement disclosed that the suspension of the officers was sequel to the consideration and adoption of the report of the party’s disciplinary committee. The disciplinary committee was set up at the 16th SWC meeting held on April 15, 2015 to investigate the suspended officers.
The party noted that the state publicity secretary, Engr. Ngaji Nwodo, was suspended from office and all APC activities for embezzlement of party funds and anti-party activities.
The party recalled that prior to the suspension of Edeze, Ibiam and others, their acts of betrayals and rebellious behaviours
were reported to the national leadership of APC stressing that Edeze openly canvassed support for President Goodluck Jonathan and
Chief Edward Nkwegu in the presidential and governorship election.
“Chief Edeze donated his campaign billboards to the PDP campaign organizations of President Goodluck Jonathan and Dave Umahi. Chief Edeze also instructed his boys who pulled down all the
campaign billboards of APC presidential and governorship candidates,”
APC stated.
The party also regretted that Prof. Ibiam and Chief Edeze illegally collaborated in conducting training for two trainee agents of Dr. Sam Egwu, the PDP senatorial candidate for Ebonyi north district while using APC manual and later summoned a
meeting of APC members in the state and charged them to work for the Labour Party governorship candidate, who is Edeze’s kinsman.
It added that while Ngaji Nwodo acted as a mole in Ebonyi APC, the state deputy
chairman, Pastor Eze Nwachukwu and Ephraim Eze, the party’s Ohaukwu
council chairman, openly campaigned against the APC governorship candidate spreading the falsehood that Senator Ucha has stepped down for the APGA governorship candidate at the polling centres in the local
government.
But in a swift reaction, Chief Edeze said his purported suspension was unconstitutional as according to him, he was never at anytime invited by the party to defend any allegation leveled against him or communicated in that direction adding that the party chairman Nwaobasi lacked the competence and credibility to lead the party.
Meanwhile, a group known as APC stakeholders of Ebonyi state also carpeted the chairman and secretary of the party, Nwaobasi and Nnali saying, “they have no constitutional right to suspend any member of the party as according to them they are not chairman and secretary of the party because the issue of APC leadership in Ebonyi state is still in court and cannot arrogate powers to themselves.


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