The APC Secretary Barrister Mohammad Liman has reacted to alleged removal of Party State Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer
The Niger State APC Secretary, said that the alleged removal of the party three officials was “illegal because it’s unknown to the party constitution and therefore null and void”
Liman made the clarification in a statement he issued in Minna following an illegal meeting held by some persons who have no mandate for calling for a meeting in the first place.
He said that their removal is null and void because a case was filed on same issue at High Court Bida by one Suleiman Abdullahi (State Assistant Youth Leader) and another against the said three officials who has gone ahead and constituted himself as the acting secretary having taken laws in to his hands.
Barrister Liman maintained that the state party executives remained intact, unshakable and nothing has changed urging those arrogating powers to themselves to restrain from such illegality, noting that the chairman will in due course address all party members in the state.
He reiterated that by the virtue of Article 21 D (v) at page 86 of the APC Constitution, the said Suleiman Abdullahi has been expelled from the party having filled a suit against the party and its officials without exhausting the avenues for redress. Therefore, an expelled member of the party can not hold any party position during the period of expulsion.
Liman added that the case was heard today Thursday and adjourned for further hearing next week Friday 10/7/2020, saying that aggrieved members have failed to follow the party constitution hence can not pass vote of no confidence of the chairman and two others as alleged.
“Article 21 D ( iv) on page 87 of the APC Constitution is very clear and ambiguous. It says that for a vote of no confidence to be passed on any official(s ) at any level of the party, he or she must be established that he has failed to discharge his responsibility or neglect or dereliction of duty or misconduct and must be accorded fair hearing and members present in the meeting must vote by two third of majority”
He emphasized that in case of any misconduct or any of the cases mentioned, a committee must be constituted by the party to investigate the matter, serve allegation notice to that effect but non of those processes were followed as laid down by the party.
He further stated that recently President Muhammadu Buhari has directed during inauguration of Caretaker Committee of the Party that all cases file in Courts by party members should be withdrawn noted that that of Niger state was not an exception.
He than advised members of the party to be calm, focused and law abiding informing them categorically that the State All Progressive Congress APC Chairman Engr. Muhammad Jibrin Imam remain the leader and the Secretary Barrister Mohammad Liman as well the Treasurer Alhaji Shafi’i Abdulrahman positions remained intact.