Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has laughed off his suspension from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) by the Edo Peoples Movement (EPM).
Concise News had reported that the EPM, a faction of Edo APC, says it has suspended governor Obaseki and members of his cabinet from the party.
The party’s factional Chairman retired Col. David Imuse made this known at a news conference in Abuja on Wednesday.
Imuse, who was former vice-chairman of the party, said that Obaseki intended to weaken and truncate the party’s ability to win the forthcoming governorship election.
Reacting to the suspension, Obaseki’s media aide, Crusoe Osagie, said that ‘rogue’ EPM cannot suspend any member of the APC in the state, as they are not recognised by the constitution of the party.
He said any decision taken by members of the EPM was ultra vires, null and void, and not binding on any bonafide member of the APC in Edo State.
“The rogue organisation, Edo Peoples Movement (EPM), claiming to have suspended the Governor, the Deputy Governor and the Secretary to the State Government in Edo State is outlawed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state,” a statement from him read.
“This group was operating against the provisions of the constitution of the APC and was proscribed by the party. The group is therefore unknown to law. Hence, it cannot take any disciplinary action against any member of the APC.
“The kangaroo meeting of the rogue group was held at the residence of Gen. Charles Airhiavbere, who himself has been suspended by the party in the state. So whatever decision that might have been taken by the group is ultra vires, null and void.”