Amaechi’s suspension from APC was announced on Monday
The never-ending rumble in Nigeria’s ruling All Progressives Congress continued in Rivers State on Monday as a faction of the party was purported to have suspended Nigeria’s Transport minister, Rotimi Amaechi over some alleged anti-party activity.
The move has been described by a chieftain of the party as an expensive joke.
The Nation reports that a founding member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, Chief Chukwuemeka Eze, has described Amaechi’s suspension as comic relief at best.
Recall that Amaechi’s suspension was announced on Monday by a faction of the party led by Igo Aguma, who accused the minister of anti-party.
Others suspended by the Aguma-led Caretaker Committee are Isaac Ogbobula, who is leading Amaechi’s faction of the APC; Senator Andrew Uchendu while Victor Giadom was outrightly expelled from the party.
But Eze, who is a loyalist of Amaechi said Aguma’s declaration only had an entertainment value designed to evoke laughter from the audience and nothing more.
He said: “Having shown their huge talents and endowments in the entertainment industry, it is only justifiable and fair to recommend Senator Magnus Abe, Aguma and others to AY, Basketmouth, Bovi and other established comedians, for further grooming and rudimentary training to enable them live-out their dream career and set them up for life”.
He said the political atmosphere was too serious to accommodate melodramatic actions and clowning.
He said: “For the records and clarity purposes, Aguma, who has been parading himself as Rivers APC Caretaker Committee Chairman has since lost the locus to so act given that the judgment of the High Court which constituted statutory members of the party into CTC and imposed Aguma as Chairman has been suspended by the Court of Appeal since Thursday, July 16, 2020 in Isaac Abott Ogbobula v Igo Aguma & Ors.
“Recall that the Appellate Court had in a unanimous ruling by a panel of Justices, stripped Igo Aguma of the powers and legality to continue to lay claim to the Rivers APC CTC Chairmanship and that ruling is subsisting and remains in force until the Supreme Court rules otherwise”.