In a statement signed by the Delta State chairman of The All Progressives Congress (APC), Prophet Jones Erue and the party’s assistant secretary, Comrade Chris Onodjacha explained the reasons behind the APC’s decision to kick out Hon. Temi Harriman, former state commissioner, Dr. Alex Ideh and Organising Secretary of the party, Mr. Sunny Amorighoye Mene.
Hon. Temi Harriman has been alleged to have seized presidential election funds disbursed for Delta state. The Party accuses that she misapplied the funds through unidentified persons thereby undermining the party’s ability to woo votes in the Delta State Senatorial District during the Saturday, March 28, 2015 Presidential and National House of Assembly Elections.
Dr. Alex Ideh and Mr. Sunny Mene were dismissed due allegations of involving in anti-party activities during the Presidential and National Assembly, Gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections, and working actively for the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
The Party’s statement further explained the reasons for such grave sanctions, stating that the trio were in violation of Article 21, Section A, i, ii, iii, iv, v, vi, vii, viii, ix and x of the party’s constitution hence legalizing their expulsion.
However, Mr. Mene vehemently tagged the expulsion as null and void, arguing that the state chairman had no authority to invoke such suspensions as he is the State’s Organising Secretary. Mene further explained that the leadership of the APC in the state were in a bid to save face in the light of the party’s miserable performance at the elections, declaring that he was just a scapegoat.
“The states party chairman and assistant secretary who signed the letter have no constitutional power to do so; it is only the national convention of the party that can expel members as ingrained in the constitution. The action is null and void; it is alien to the constitution of the APC and against the principle of fair hearing as enshrined in the party’s constitution,” he explained.
“This expulsion is only a gimmick to hoodwink the party leadership in Abuja and for some people to hide their failure. I urge the National Chairman of the party to take a closer look at the performance of the state chairman and his exco.”