Additional report by Akinwande Soji-Ojo
The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended Governors Ibikunle Amosun and Rochas Okorocha, governors of Ogun and Imo states receptively, over what it termed “anti-party activities”.
The NWC has also recommended their expulsion from APC to the national executive committee (NEC) for ratification.
The decisions were taken at the NWC meeting on Friday afternoon in Abuja where allegations of “anti-party activities” were levelled the governors.
Amosun and Okorocha were both elected senators on the platform of APC on Saturday but instead of supporting candidates of their party, they are backing candidates of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) and Action Aliiance (AA) for the March 9 governorship election.
The two governors fell out with the APC leadership after failing to secure the governorship tickets of the party for their preferred candidates.
While Okorocha is supporting Uche Nwosu, his son-in-law, Amosun is backing Adekunle Akinlade, a serving member of the House of Representatives.
After failing to secure the APC governorship ticket, Nwosu and Akinlade, with the support of their respective governors, defected to AA and APM respectively, where they emerged governorship candidates.
Okorocha and Amosun had openly campaigned for their candidates at APC rallies.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari was stoned on February 11 at a campaign rally in Abeokuta by APM supporters when he presented Dapo Abiodun as APC governorship candidate in the state.
The party at the time vowed to take disciplinary actions against Amosun over the incident.