Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha has been suspended by a faction of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Imo State for gross anti-party activities.
The suspension which was handed down on Thursday is with immediate effect.
Okorocha’s suspension is coming even as his name was published as the candidate of the party for Imo West senatorial zone election by INEC in the just released final list of candidates for the 2019 general election.
The suspension is premised on a report of a disciplinary committee, set up to investigate allegations of gross anti-party activities against Okorocha, and in line with Article 21 (B) I-VI of the APC constitution (October, 2014 as amended) the party said.
The Chairman of the Imo State Caretaker Committee of the APC, Prince Marcellinus Nlemigbo, said the anti party activities of the governor, which led to his suspension include sponsorship of a rival political party, Action Alliance, AA, in Imo State and its governorship candidate, Uche Nwosu, Open denunciation of APC and its Governorship Candidate in the State, Senator Hope Uzodimma; and open canvassing of votes for AA and its governorship, National and State Assemblies’ candidates.
A letter conveying Okorocha’s suspension to the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, expressed regret that Okorocha, who is supposed to be the party’s Senatorial Candidate for Imo West Senatorial District, had vowed to undermine the party and its electoral interest.
“To save the party from the machinations of Governor Anayo Rochas Okorocha, Our State Caretaker Committee highly recommends the expulsion of the governor from the APC so that he can fully move to his party, the Action Alliance (AA)”, it said.