The All Progressives Congress, APC, has dissolved the executive committees in Imo and Ogun states, and also dissolved the local government and ward executives in the two states.
The dissolved executives were loyal to the respective state governors: Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun and Rochas Okorocha of Imo who have been at loggerheads with the party headquarters over the outcome of the APC primaries in their states.
Although both governors are APC senatorial candidates and have pledged loyalty to President Muhammadu Buhari, they have publicly declared support for governorship candidates of other parties.
The dissolution of the executives formed part of the resolutions reached during the National Working Committee meeting presided over by the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, in Abuja on Tuesday.
In their place, the NWC would inaugurate caretaker committees that would superintend over the affairs of the party in the two states ahead of the general elections.
Oshiomhole emerged from the meeting on Tuesday around 7pm and quickly entered his waiting vehicle to avoid journalists who had waited the whole day for a briefing.
When approached by journalists at the entrance of his car, the former Edo State governor said the National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, who had earlier left the venue of the meeting, would brief them.
“The NPS will brief you,” he said.
Recall that Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun and his counterpart in Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, and Minister of Communication, Adebayo Shittu, had vowed to work against governorship candidates in their states.
“The two governors and the state excos have publicly expressed the fact that they will support (their) candidates in other parties, in their respective states,” Issa-Onilu told Premium Times.
“So those excos, right from the state to the ward level are not people we can trust to work honestly, for the success of our party in the next election.”
He said the party views this action as anti-party activities, so it will not be in its interest to allow their structure to be used to undermine their chances in those states.
“It is within our powers to ensure that we protect the interest of the party and also to activate relevant sections of our constitution which prohibit members from carrying out activities that are inimical to the interest of the party,” he said.