Members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who dragged the party to court over extension of the tenures of party leaders would face expulsion in line with the party’s constitution.
The Secretary, Forum of States Chairmen of the APC, Dr. Ben Nwoye said this during a press briefing in Enugu on Monday.
Nwoye, who is also the Enugu State Chairman of APC, maintained that he and his colleagues were surprised to hear that some of forum members went to court after it had accepted extension of tenures for the party executive nationwide.
His words: “However, article 21 (a) of our party Constitution recommends automatic expulsion for members that take the party to court without exhausting all available internal settlement measures.”
“The provision is self executory and does not need a committee to pronounce the expulsion on them. But once they withdraw the action, they automatically regain their memberships.”
According to Nwoye, “We (APC states’ Chairmen) agreed on tenure extensions because this is election year and that it will harm the party if you go into extensive convention.
“The 37 Chairmen agreed on the extension because we are all aware of different crises in the country and we did not want to compound the crises and so we passed votes of confidence on President Buhari and on Tinubu’s reconciliation committee.”
“Only four voted against the decision but that could not override the majority votes. They did not petition to the party’s NEC nor the Tinubu committee and they now went to court.”
Nwoye further stated that he suspected that the erring members were being manipulated by the emerging third force and the Peoples Democratic party (PDP), to destroy the APC