CHAIRMAN of the All Progressives Congress, APC in Moro/Ajinda electoral ward in Akwanga Local government area of Nasarawa state, Aboki Waziri yesterday revealed that he was forced to sign a letter of suspension against the lawmaker representing them at the state House of Assembly, Kassim Mohammed Kassim over the crisis currently rocking the House.
The ward leadership of the party had on Tuesday suspended Hon. Kassim over his role in the fracas on the floor of the Assembly for protesting over the legality of appointing sole administrators to run the affairs of local government areas in the state by governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura.
Addressing newsmen in Akwanga, the APC ward where the lawmaker hails from, Aboki Waziri, said the local government party chairman and secretary coerced him into signing the letter under the pretext that it was at the instance of Governor Umaru Tanko Almakura.
Waziri said efforts by him to seek further clarification on the matter before appending his signature fell on deaf ears, as he was threatened to be relieved of his office if he failed to comply.
Similarly, the ward secretary of the party, Habila Mamman, said he never signed the purported suspension letter and was told to seek clarification from the office of the governor as to who signed on his behalf.
Reacting to the development the suspended lawmaker, Kassim Mohammed (APC-Akwanga south) alleged that his political opponents in Akwanga were behind the ill-fated suspension which was recalled and roundly condemned by the entire exco from the ward.
The ward exco of the party, in a letter issued to that effect, distanced itself from the suspension and called on other party members not to hoodwink the leadership of the party for their selfish interests.