The intensity of political fireworks in the All Progressive Congress, APC, in Imo State, has not abated. And there is no signal it will, judging from present political gymnastics ongoing in the party.
The State Caretaker Committee Chairman of the party, Marcellinus Nlemigbo, Saturday sacked his rival and factional Chairman of the Party, Daniel Nwafor, from the party.
The move is said to be part of a design to consolidate his grip on Imo APC after his candidate for Okigwe Senatorial bye election, Frank Ibezim,was recognised by the national leadership of the party as the authentic candidate for Okigwe Senate election.
Nlemigbo led Caretaker Committee had last week set up a Disciplinary Committee for the party headed by Chief Gibson Njemanze (Oyiga), Special Adviser on ADP to Governor Hope Uzodinma.
The Commitee swung into action and recommended Nwafor’s suspension. He also risks expulsion in the future.
The Nwafor faction is backing Senator Ifeanyi Araraume, who also claimed to be the APC candidate for Okigwe Senate bye election.
Nlemigbo said in a statement Saturday, that Nwafor was suspended for gross disrespect to the party and has been recommended for expulsion, having failed to honour invitations from the Disciplinary Committee.
Nwafor’s ally, Chuks Okpala did not also escape the suspension hammer.
Nwafor’s suspension by Nlemigbo, opens another chapter of fresh political altercations in the ruling party in the State which may even get messier in days to come.
Mr.Onwusonaya FCC Jones, who acts as Publicity Secretary of the Nwafor faction, countered Nwafor’s suspension, saying Nlemigbo has been suspended from the party by his ward in Mbaitoli LGA.
He claims Nlemigbo is an imposter, warning anyone doing business on the party’s behalf to be wary.