The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in Imo State, said Monday that it has expelled its governorship candidate in the 2019 elections, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume over alleged anti party activities
Araraume had publicly pledged to work with the governor of Imo state, Hope Uzodinma, who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress and has been spotted in some public outings of the governor.
He was also said to have endorsed the APC candidate of the Okigwe North House of representatives rerun election, MIrriam Onuoha, as against the APGA candidate.
Imo APGA caretaker committee chairman, John Iwuala, said that the senator who represented Imo North between 1999 and 2007 was guilty of alleged anti-party activities, adding that the party in the state and South-East zone had expelled the senator.
He said, “APGA in Imo State and in the South-East have expelled Senator Ifeanyi Araraume. We expelled him in a letter we wrote to the national leadership on January 11. We are waiting for the national leadership to ratify the expulsion. ”
But, Araraume, who spoke to journalists on Monday, said that the caretaker committee chairman had no legal rights to speak for Imo APGA.
He said, “John Iwuala is unknown to me. He is unknown to APGA and unknown to law. A valid state Congress was conducted in Imo State and APGA has a duly elected chairman in Imo State.
“We have said that what we are running in Imo State now is a coalition. APGA, APC, AA, and part of PDP led by Senator Samuel Anyanwu are supporting the APC government of senator Hope Uzodinma.”
He insisted that he was still in APGA and the caretaker committee chairman had no power to expel him or any member of the party.