Ruling Party, APC Suspends Okorocha, Amosun


The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee (NWC), has suspended the governors of Imo and Ogun States, Rochas Okorocha and Ibikunle Amosun.

The APC National Publicity Secretary, Mr Lanre Issa-Onilu, who confirmed this on Friday, said the NWC suspended the governors following the allegations of anti-party activities levelled against them.

Issa-Onilu disclosed that upon the suspension, the committee further recommended the expulsion of governors Okorocha and Amosun to the National Executive Council of the party.

Governor Okorocha contested for the Imo West Senatorial District seat while Governor Amosun contested that of Ogun Central in the just-concluded elections.

Both governors won the poll in their states, although the returning officer in Imo State said he declared Okorocha the winner “under duress”.

Okorocha is supporting his son-in-law and candidate of the Action Alliance (AA) in Imo, Uche Nwosu, to succeed him as governor, as against the APC candidate, Senator Hope Uzodinma.

On his part, Amosun is against the candidature of APC’s Dapo Abiodun in Ogun and is giving his support to the candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM), Adekunle Akinlade.

Before he won the election, President Muhammadu Buhari had during his campaign visited Imo and Ogun States where some drama played out over the choice of candidates.

The atmosphere was tense at the rally in Ogun State where some supporters allegedly loyal to APM pelted the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, while he was addressing the gathering, forcing him to end his speech abruptly.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had mocked the APC following the incident, while the ruling party vowed to sanction Governor Amosunafter the elections.

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