Barely 24 hours after Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano expressed willingness to reconcile with his predecessor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, the state executive committee of the All Progressives Congress has suspended party chairman, Umar Doguwa.
Also suspended was Organising Secretary, Sunusi Suraj.
Both officials were accused were accused of gross misconduct but party insiders said they are being punished for being loyal to Mr. Kwankwaso, now a senator.
Present at the meeting where the chairman was suspended were state party leaders as well as chairman of the state’s 44 local governments.
All participants endorsed the suspension of Mr. Doguwa and pledged loyalty to Governor Ganduje.
Party Secretary, Abbas Sani-Abbas, announced the suspension of the chairman, and almost immediately announced the appointment of Abdullahi Abbas as acting chairman.
Mr. Sani-Abbas said the party took the decision in order to allow a seven-man disciplinary committee it set up to investigate the alleged misconduct.
He said the party had appointed Abdullahi Abbas, the Special Adviser on Political Affairs to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje as acting chairman of the party.
Sani-Abbas said the suspension was endorsed by former and serving members of the National Assembly and all the chairmen of the 44 local governments in the state.
The suspension, he added, was equally endorsed by 30 out of the 39 members of the House of Assembly, vice chairmen and secretaries of the local governments.
He said the committee had been given one week within which to submit its report to the executive committee of the party for further action.
“If the disciplinary committee establishes any evidence to the fact that the suspended officials were culpable or not, it is left to the executive committee to take appropriate action,” he said.
He said APC’s earlier position on former Governor Kwankwaso remained since it violated the party’s constitution.
He, however, said that what was needed most was cohesion, unity and progress of the party at the time the Ganduje’s administration was striving to reposition the state.
The Chairman of ALGON in Kano, Ibrahim Karaye, said all the 44 local government chairmen endorsed the suspension of the APC Chairman and the appointment of Mr. Sani-Abbas as his replacement.
The chairmen stressed their “full loyalty” to Mr. Ganduje, saying they remained ever ready to defend his cause.