The national leadership of All Progressive Grand Alliance has suspended the Edo State Chairman of the party, Godfrey Ehimen, for alleged anti-party activities, including the sourcing of campaign funds from opposition parties.
It also said that a three-man disciplinary committee had been constituted with a mandate to investigate the allegations levelled against the suspended chairman.
Crisis had hit the state chapter of the party when some members of the state executive committee were suspended by the Ehimen-led state executive for alleged anti-party activities.
The crisis took a different twist last week when the National Chairman, Victor Oye, ordered the immediate suspension of the state executive members and replaced them with a 20-man interim election committee.
However, the National Vice-Chairman, South-South APGA, Tony Eboka, told journalists after a meeting held in Benin that the party had no intention of fronting for any other political party.
He also reaffirmed the support of the party for its governorship candidate, Osaro Onaiwu.
According to a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, the party added that, “Those masquerading as APGA members negotiating for funds from political parties for the Edo governorship election are disgruntled and faceless persons looking for bread and butter.’’
However, Eboka noted that the committee would deliberate on matters concerning the September 28 poll, in addition to the conduct, utterances and activities of party members found to have engaged in anti-party activities.
He also noted that the state chairman remained suspended indefinitely pending the outcome of the investigation and in line with Article 22 of the party’s constitution.
Eboka said Messrs Emmanuel Ani and Frank-Gold Oikerhe would act as interim state chairman and secretary, respectively.