The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has announced the suspension of Igochukwu Aguma, as the Caretaker Committee chairman.
Aguma’s suspension came 24 hours after the suspension of Victor Giadom from the party by a truth Finding Committee led by him (Aguma).
It has also announced Sokonte Davies as Aguma’s replacement and rejected the purported swearing in of Worgu Boms, as Victor Giadom’s replacement by the party’s national leadership.
Aguma’s suspension was announced yesterday, by Andrew Uchendu, the former senator that represented Rivers East senatorial district, on behalf of 28 out of 38 statutory members of the party in the state.
In the resolutions taken by the statutory members, Andrew Uchendu, said a committee would be set up to look into the court contempt and against party activities of Aguma.
He reported that the party was not bound to any decision taken by Aguma and accused him of festering the current crisis in Rivers APC.
The resolutions reads that: Hon. Ugochukwu Aguma has been suspended as Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the APC, Rivers State chapter.
This is pursuant to the powers of discipline given to the State Executive Committee under Article 21 of the Constitution of the APC, which states that “Subject to the provisions of this article and the right to fair hearing, the party shall have the power to discipline party members.
The power will be exercised on behalf of the party by the respective Executive Committee of the party at all levels”.
“That Dr. Sokonte Davies has been selected by majority vote to lead the Caretaker Committee of the APC.
“That all actions taken by Hon. Igochukwu Aguma purportedly in the name of the APC, Rivers State chapter, do not bind the party, being actions taken contrary to the provisions of Article 26 of the APC Constitution and the judgement in PHC/4355/2019.
“That from now on, all actions taken by Aguma in the name of the party in Rivers State chapter, shall not be bind the party, Hon. Aguma having been suspended.
“That the Committee will be set up to investigate the sundry activities of Hon. Igochukwu Aguma which border on contempt of court and anti-party activities.
Uchendu said: “We want peace in APC in Rivers. There is no contest about this. We are ready to obey the decision of the court. But, it has shown that he (Aguma) has another intention, which has shown in some actions he has taken.
On Worgu Boms’ swearing, Uchendu stated: “The swearing is baseless, unacceptable and laughable. We are not party to that. What Aguma is doing is not acceptable. We are democrats and believe in majority”.