By Toby Prince
Former presidential candidate, Omoyele Sowore, has announced the suspension of top members of African Action Congress (AAC) in reaction to an earlier announcement of his removal.
A member of AAC National Executive Committee (NEC), Mazi Okwy, had on Monday announced that the party had suspended its national chairman, Sowore, and eight others over alleged anti-party activities.
Okwy said the decision was reached during the party’s NEC meeting in Abuja.
He also said the party had appointed Leonard Ezenwa as acting national chairman, and Abayomi Olufemi as his deputy.
However, in a statement on Monday which Sowore signed as national chairman, he said those who participated in the meeting had been suspended, calling them ‘misguided individuals’.
“It has come to the notice of the office of the Chairman of the African Action Congress that a group of suspended members, induced by financial reasons and anti-progressive politics, gathered in Abuja today, 13th May 2019, and purportedly held an NEC meeting,” the statement read.
“These members, led by Leonard Nzenwa, former national secretary, who was suspended for financial impropriety and anti-party activities, have demonstrated by their actions that they have never been, and have never shared, the core beliefs that those of us in the African Action Congress hold.
“Leonard Nzenwa is hereby expelled from the party, and the misguided individuals who participated in the Abuja meeting are suspended from the party until investigations reveal the extent of their involvement.”
This crisis comes after the controversy which broke out as a result of the endorsement of the party by Rotimi Amaechi, minister of transportation, in the Rivers governorship election.