The All Progressives Congress, APC, has declared as nullity the suspension of the APC National Vice Chairman (North East), Mustapha Salihu.
In a statement on Monday, the deputy national publicity secretary of the party, Yekini Nabena, declared that those behind the declaration had no such powers.
“We state categorically that the purported suspension is a nullity as the North East Zonal Office does not have such powers to suspend a National Officer.
“According to the Party’s constitution, such powers reside with the National Executive Committee (NEC).
“Whatever issues there might be, the party structure and constitution provides ample avenues for redress and dispute resolution.
“If the North East Zonal Office is unable to achieve a resolution, the National Working Committee (NWC) can and will wade in the matter to achieve amicable settlement.”
The Secretary of the APC in North East Zone, Abubakar Ajiya, had announced the suspension.
The letter read: “Having failed to fulfill or appear before this Honourable body, the North East Zonal Office called upon at Jose Martins Crescent, Asokoro, Abuja dated 11/10/2018.
“This letter is an expression of our `Vote of No Confidence’ in Mr Mustapha Salihu based on the power vested on us in artcle 21D: vi, he is hereby suspended with immediate effect for his inability to run the party affairs judiciously, prudently, democratically and accountably.’’