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FCT APC Suspends House Of Reps Member, Others

By Abdul Wahab  Mai-Kasuwa

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Dobi ward of Gwagwalada Area Council, Abuja, recently has suspended some members including a House of Representatives member from Abuja south constituency, Alhaji Zakari Angulu Dobi, over alleged anti-party activities in the area.

Addressing a press conference at the party’s office in Gwagwalada, the vice chairman of the APC in Dobi ward, Malam Ciroma Zagi, said the party’s ward executives decision to suspend Dobi was because of his anti-party posturing.

He said Dobi worked against the interest of the APC by supporting the chairmanship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the council election in the area.

Zagi, who addressed the press in company of other ward executives of the party, alleged that the federal legislator refused to campaign for the APC candidate, Alhaji Abubakar Jibrin Giri, but openly campaigned for the APGA candidate, Alhaji Adamu Mustapha, in the run up to the FCT election.

They further accused Dobi of allegedly masterminding the recent political crisis at Dobi village, which they said led to wanton destruction of property and killing of a security guard at the house of an APC chieftain at the village.

“we the APC ward executives of Dobi ward want to make it categorically clear that there is a lot of incontrovertible evidence we can tender when the need arises that our honorable member of the house of Representatives, Hon Zakari Angulu Dobi, has not only sponsored, but has openly campaigned and supported the APGA candidate, Alhaji Adamu Mustapha, for the council election, for which we the Dobi ward executives, have resolved to suspend him, “they alleged.

They also said the actions of the leader of the APC run foul of article 21 page 2 of the party’s constitution, 2014, as amended.

Reacting to the allegations, Dobi, through a text message, wondered why the ward vice chairman of the party should be the one to say he was suspended, instead of the ward chairman.

“And what were his reasons or what does he mean by anti-party? What were his proof and stages of investigation on the receipt of the allegations before him, “he asked.

Dobi, urged the ward vice chairman of the party to know that there were due processes contained in the party constitution that must be obeyed and followed, before arriving at such decision.

He added, “and he must be ready to prove this in a court of law, if he insists on his decision.”

The suspension  came  barely  three  weeks after  the  House  of Representatives  member  for Abuja  South, Alhaji  Zakari  Angulu  Dobi  was  suspended  for the  same  reason.  The  letter  of  suspension  was  jointly  signed  by the APC chairman  and  secretary  in  the area, Alhaji  Hussain Deze and  Abdulwahad  Yahaya, respectively.

The  letter  stated that the  APC woman  leader  of the  council  Hajiya Hassana  Abbas  and  Dobi  ward  chairman, Alhaji  Hussain  Sarki, were  among  those   news report learnt  that the  suspension  was  based  on  petition  written  by the  10  wards  chairman  of the party  dated  April 21, 2016, alleging  anti-party  activities  by the  suspended  members.

The  letter stated  that the  area  councils  executive  committee on April 24, 2016, set  up  a five-man  fact  finding  committee which ‘found that  all  those  suspended from  their  wards, including  the  chairmanship  aspirant, Alhaji  Garba  Jibrin,  and  90  others, openly  engaged in  anti-party  activities in the  just  concluded  council  polls.

The  party  said  that the  report  found  that  those  suspended  breached  article  21 (A & B) and  21 (D) of the  party’s  constitution.

City  News  gathered  that  the  ratification  letter  of  suspension was also  copied to the FCT  chapter of the  party.

However, the All Progressives Congress has gone to court to reclaim the Chairmanship seat it lost to All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). In another development an APGA chiefdom told Peoples Times that are ready to defend the people’s mandate.

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