[Updated September 4, 2021; 6:43am]
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has expelled the Caretaker Chairman, Yola South Local Government Area, Adamawa state, Alhaji Sulaiman Adamu, with “immediate effect” for allegedly insulting and wishing President Muhammadu Buhari died of COVID-19.
This was disclosed in a statement made available to newsmen on Thursday by the National Secretary of the Party’s Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe.
According to Akpanudoedehe, the decision was reached at the 16th meeting of the CECPC held at the Party’s National Secretariat, Buhari House in Abuja on Wednesday, September 1, 2021.
He said “The CECPC received and deliberated on the report of his infractions and recommendations of the 7-member disciplinary committee set up by the Adamawa State Working Committee to investigate the offences committed by Alhaji Sulaiman Adamu against the interest of the party.
“Recall the viral video in which Alhaji Sulaiman Adamu made unwholesome utterances on President Muhammadu Buhari, the Leader of the Party.
“He was also found guilty of bringing the image of the party to disrepute thereby creating doubt on his leadership quality and loyalty to the party”.
“The CECPC calls on party members to always demonstrate self-discipline and restraint by desisting from acts and utterances that are inimical to the interest of the party”, the statement added.
In a viral audio clip early last month, Alhaji Adamu was said to have wished that the party leader had contracted the COVID-19 and consequently died.
He however denied the voice in the clip but that didn’t stop the state chapter of the party from suspending and subsequently probing him.
Reacting to his sack, the APC Caretaker chairman said; “I have accepted my fate. I see it as Allah’s will. All I have ever wanted is for the APC to remain in power and this can only be guaranteed by our victory at the polls.
“But now, I have been expelled. Notwithstanding, I will still urge my followers not to leave the APC. We built this party with our sweat; it is inconceivable to now encourage them (my followers) to leave.
“Since this solely affected me; when I meet with them, I will tell them not to leave but to stay. I accept my fate. May God bring peace to our country.
“There will be elections, I have my voter’s card, right. At least, they have not stripped me of that. Because I have never been a member of any political party other than the APC. So, don’t even expect me to join the PDP.”