~ Say action orchestrated by destructive, mischievous elements
The ward chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bako ward in Yola South local government, Hamidu Jika Shago, the youth leader of the party, Ibrahim Bashiru, the legal adviser of the party, Mohammed Zumo have all distanced themselves from a purported suspension of Adamawa State organizing secretary of the party, Mustapha Ribadu.
In a letter to the party condemning what they called the imperious action of some unconscionable and misguided members of the party, the trio as well as eight others say the action is unconstitutional, null and ultra vires.
Others who signed the letter include;
Dahiru Umar, Assistant secretary of the party, Usman Aji financial secretary of the party, Sadiq Babangida Assistant PRO of the party and Abdullahi Abubakar Assistant youth leader of the party.
The rest are; Abdulnasir Abdullahi assistant legal adviser of the party, Abubakar Aliyu welfare secretary of the party, Hamidu Halilu, assistant welfare secretary of the party and Bala Hassan, an Ex-officio of the party.
The eleven members of the exco described the purported suspension of Mustapha Atiku Ribadu as the handwork of destructive and mischievous elements who are hell bent in derailing the party.
The chairman who described the action as unconstitutional, null and void said some desperate elements outside the ward who are hell bent in causing chaos for their selfish and ulterior motives were behind the odious and repugnant action.
“I wish to use this medium to describe the purported suspension of Mustapha Ribadu as selfish, unconstitutional, repugnant and null and void.
“It is the handwork of some mischievous fifth columnists outside our ward who are hell bent in destroying the party for the attainment of their egoistic and nonsensical proclivities. We are not disturbed by such primitive desperation by the enemies of democracy and our great party,” the chairman said.
Shago said as the chairman, he is the only man with the constitutional remit to invoke a meeting as prescribed by the party’s statutes where punitive actions on an erring member of the party can be taken adding that he did not convene such a meeting.
“I’m the only person with the constitutional remit to convene a meeting where the suspension of members of the party could be deliberated. I didn’t convene such a meeting. Therefore any purported suspension of Mustapha Ribadu is null, void and unconstitutional.
“We shall soon reveal the agents prevocateurs behind such provocative and tendentious action capable of causing chaos in the party as we learnt that huge sums of money exchanged hands before such nefarious action took place.
“We are right now working with security agencies to unravel the ugly faces behind such dastardly act which is capable of causing unnecessary tension and crisis in our dear party,” he said.
Also speaking, the assistant secretary of the party Dahiru Umar and Ibrahim Bashiru, the youth leader of the party waved the purported suspension as a mere ranting from unscrupulous, misguided and selfish elements who do not wish the party well.
They said it is venal for any money bag to think that he will use his influence to subvert constitutional order to attain selfish ends.
“We are neither aware nor participated in such activity which made it null and void in the eyes of the constitution. It is unfortunate that such crass gerrymandering is taking place at the eleventh hour to the general elections.
“We are on top of the matter and will surely call the bluff of undemocratic forces. Everything is under top control and we shall shame the enemies of our great party,” they said.