Newly appointed Special Adviser to Governor Godwin Obaseki on Agriculture and Food Security Programme, Prince Joe Okojie and five others have been suspended by the Esan North East Local Government chapter of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in Edo State.
Other leaders suspended are Maichael Okojie, Chief Jude Okharedia, Mr. Idogei Ogbejele, Mr. Godfrey Alenbalulu and Mr. Joseph Esekhaegbe.
They were suspended after an enlarged Executive Committee meeting of the party held at Uromi, headquarters of the council.
A statement at the end of the meeting by Chairman and Secretary of the party in the council, Mr. Vasco Agwi and Mr. Adolphus Imoisili, said Prince Okojie and others were suspended for sponsoring thuggery in the party.
They explained that crisis started in the party when Prince Okojie unilaterally set up an illegal five-man committee at his private residence with a view to probing the party chairman and secretary.
They contended that the constitution of the five-man committee was not in line in the party’s constitution.
“The said five-man illegal committee forcefully gained entrance into the party secretariat under the cover of heavily armed thugs. This led to breakdown of law and order and in clear breach of Article 21 of the APC constitution.”
“We pass a vote of no confidence on Prince Joe Okojie as the leader of the APC in Esan North East and we hereby, suspend them following their involvement in illegal activities,” the statement said.
Reacting to the suspension, State Chairman of the party, Mr. Anselm Ojezua, said he was yet to get full details of the reasons for the suspension.