The State Working Committee (SWC), of the Taraba State chapter of the All Progressive Congress (APC), has suspended the senator-elect to represent southern Taraba at national assembly, Jikuta David from the party.
The SWC also expelled the governorship aspirant in the recent primary election Chief David Sabo Kente from the party.
In a statement signed by the state APC chairman, Bar. Ibrahim El-Sudi, the party said the decision on the two members of the party was done after proper scrutiny on their anti-party activities.
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He said: “It will recall that sometimes in July 2022 the executives of APC Kente Ward of Wukari local government area wrote the chairman of APC Wukari LGA calling for the expulsion of Kente on series of allegations and offences against the party as enshrined in the party 2022 constitution as amended.
“It will equally recall that the APC Wukari LGA severally invited Kente to defend himself on the allegations leveled against him by the APC of his ward but he refused to honour their invitations and abused them instead.
“On August 12, 2022 the APC Wukari local government area wrote a letter to the state APC on the above complaints. Having investigated and confirmed that all constitutional procedures of fair hearing and disciplinary steps have been satisfactory followed by both the ward and local government level of the party in Kente and Wukari local government area.
“The state working committee at its sitting on Thursday, April 20, 2023 exercised its powers under Article 13.9 iv of the party constitution ratifying the decision of the APC Wukari local government area.
“For avoidance of doubt, Kente stands expelled from the All Progressives Congress and should stop parading himself as a member of the party henceforth.
“You will also recall that on 21st March, 2023 the APC Ward of Takum local government area leveled some offenses against the senator-elect for Southern Taraba State Hon. Jimkuta David.
“The APC Takum local government constituted a five-man disciplinary committee who invited Hon. David but he refused to honour the invitation. The report of the disciplinary committee was submitted to APC Takum local government who in turn expelled Hon. Jimkuta David from APC.
“In line with article 13.9 (iv) of the APC Constitution 2022 as amended. The state working committee sat on 20th April, 2023 and hereby ratify the action of the APC Takum local government with slight modification in line with 21.5 (h), (ii) by suspending him from the party but recommending to the national executive committee for his expulsion from the party for the plethora of offences he is found guilty.”