The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the suspension of Governors Rochas Okorocha and Ibekunle Amosun of Imo and Ogun states respectively, will not affect its victory in the March 9 Governorship and State House of Assembly elections.
Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the APC National Publicity Secretary, gave the assurance while speaking with newsmen on the development at the weekend in Abuja.
The APC National Working Committee (NWC) had at its Friday meeting suspended Okorocha and Amosun, alongside Osita Okechukwu, Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON) and Usani Usani, Minister of the Niger Delta.
“As to the effect it will have on the coming Governorship and State House of Assembly elections, the real negative effect will come when we allow our members who are in position of influence to undermine our candidates.
“We need to get it clear to every member who supports such actions that the party is watching them and similar fate may befall them,” Issa-Onilu said.
He added that the governors’ suspension would not have come to the public as a surprise following their anti-party activities over a period of time.
He recalled that the two governors had been sponsoring candidates against those recognised by the party.
This, he said, had been ongoing and so the party had to follow the right procedures; taking steps to first get them to see reason why they needed to retract their steps.
In Ogun State, Amosun had been backing AbdulKadir Akinlade, the governorship candidate of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) against APC’s Prince Dapo Abiodun.
In Imo State, Okorocha had been supporting his son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, the candidate of Action Alliance (AA), against Senator Hope Uzodinma, the APC candidate.
The APC spokesman said that Okechukwu had also engaged in actions that undermined the party’s performance in Enugu, his home state, while Usani was also found to have committed the same offence as the others.
He maintained that it would be injurious for the party to allow such actions to continue, adding that the suspension still stood.
He said the duration of their suspension would be determined by the time the report of the investigative committee on the matter was submitted to the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC).
He added that the APC NWC had also decided to issue a query to Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State for anti-party activities, adding that the party already had video evidence against him.