By Ezeocha Nzeh
The National Working Committee NWC of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC has overruled its North East zone and nullified the reported suspension of one of its members, Comrade Mustapha Salihu by the North East zonal chapter of the party.
Newly appointed National Publicity Secretary of the party, Lanre Issa-Onilu, in a statement issued Monday, declared that the zonal chapter does not possess the powers to suspend Mr Salihu who is the National Vice Chairman for the zone.
“Our attention has been drawn to the purported suspension of the All Progressives Congress APC National Vice Chairman, North East, Comrade Mustapha Salihu by the ‘North East Zonal Office’.
“We state categorically that the purported suspension is a nullity as the ‘North East Zonal Office’ does not have such powers to suspend a National Officer. According to the Party’s constitution, such powers reside with the National Executive Committee NEC. “Whatever issues there might be, the party structure and constitution provides ample avenues for redress and dispute resolution.
“If the ‘North East Zonal Office’ is unable to achieve a resolution, the National Working Committee NWC can and will wade in the matter to achieve amicable settlement”, the national leadership stated.
The zone had last week in a resolution signed its secretary,Abubakar Sadiq Anita, Youth leader Kasimu Bello Maigari, Ex- officio Mamman Isah , Women leader Amina Manga and Organizing Secretary Shaibu Abdul Rahman Adam, announced the suspension of Salihu, stressing that his offence bothered on his failure to summon meetings as and when due, contrary to Article 25(D)(1).