Election fallout: APC Suspends Murtala, Kogi Governorship aspirant over alleged anti-party activities
From Emmanuel Adeyemi, Lokoja
One of the leading governorship aspirants in Kogi state and the National Deputy Publicity Secretary of the All Progressive Congress, Yakubu Murtala Ajaka has been suspended from the party for alleged insubordination and anti party activities.
The suspension was made on Wednesday by the Exco members of the All Progressives Congress, Ajaka Ward 1, Igalamela/Odolu Local Government Area of Kogi State.
In a suspension letter dated March 20, 2023, addressed to Yakubu and entitled: “Suspension of Your Membership From Ajaka Ward 1,” was signed by 27 members of the executive team of the ward, including the ex-officios.
In the letter, the APC National Chairman, North Central Vice Chairman, Kogi State Chairman, Kogi East Zonal Chairman and the Party Chairman Igalamela/Odolu Local Government Area of the state were copied and urged to endorse Yakubu’s suspension.
The Chairman of Ajaka Ward 1, Omale Danladi and Secretary, Suleiman Abubakar who specifically signed the letter, disclosed that the decision to suspend Yakubu was arrived at during a meeting of the whole executive team, which held on March 17 in Ajaka.
They further accused Yakubu of insubordination, gross misconduct, unguided statement, running parallel party structure and encouraging factionalism in the party, among other allegations, while noting that the suspension was with immediate effect.
Party of the letter reads: “Following the resolution of Ajaka Ward 1 Exco members held on 17th March in Ajaka, Ajaka-Igalamela/Odolu Local Government Area, you (Yakubu) are hereby suspended from the membership of party in the Ward on the ground of insubordination, gross misconduct, unguided statement demeaning the personalities of the founder of the party, Late Prince Abubakar Audu and the Leader of the Party in the State, Governor Yahaya Bello at different occasions;
“Running parallel party structure and encouraging factionalism capable of creating division and racour among party loyalists since 2020; Anti-party activities too numerous to be mentioned, particularly, on the 23rd day of February, 2023 that you organised a parallel rally against the Presidential Campaign Council directive in Ajaka Ward 1 which embarrassed and demeaned the Party.
“The suspension is with immediate effect while we urge the state Secretariat and National Secretariat to endorse our resolution with the necessary action.” it added