Ruling Party, APC expels Senator Abbo For Criticising Tinubu’s Muslim-Muslim Ticket On AIT
Senator Elisha Abbo, the lawmaker representing Adamawa North, has been expelled by the executives of his local government chapter of the All Progressives Congress for allegedly engaging in anti-party activities and tampering with the party’s internal democracy process.
The controversial senator, who has remained a vocal opponent of the ruling party’s Muslim-Muslim ticket, was fired for criticizing APC presidential flagbearer Bola Tinubu on national television.
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This was revealed in his expulsion letter, which was signed by 13 members of the state executive on Friday.
Rising from its meeting on Friday, the excos of Mubi North Local Government Area stated that they had reviewed among other things the report of the disciplinary committee before taking the decision to expel him.
The statement read, “The committee is conscious of its responsibility and expectation of the party members and determine that free, fair and credible process have been adapted particularly adequate fair hearing has been accorded to the senator under reference.
“Consequently, 29 members of the committee have approved the report of the disciplinary committee dated the 5th day of October 2022. Wherefore, expelled Senator Elisha Ishiyahu Abbo was based on the Interview granted on the AIT where he was condemning and criticised the Party presidential flag
“The Executive Committee Members of All Progressive Congress, Mubi North, Adamawa State who appended their signature approving the report of the Disciplinary Committee expelling Senator Ishiyaku Elisha Abbo, senator representing Adamawa State is hereunder list.”
When contacted on Friday evening, the APC Publicity Secretary for the Adamawa State chapter of the APC, Mohammed Abdullahi, told our correspondent that the matter has not been officially brought to their notice.
Abdullahi, who expressed concerns about the development, noted that much as the Ward executives can suspend any erring member, it has no locum standi to expel anyone.
He said, “As far as the state secretariat is concerned, we have not received any correspondence from his local government. From what I read, Senator Abbo was even expelled and not suspended as some people speculated.
“If the report is submitted, we have a duty to scrutinize what they are doing in accordance with the provision of the party Constitution. This is because we know by the APC Constitution; it is only the National Working Committee that can expel somebody.
“They can only recommend, not expel. It is not within their power to expel anybody. They can suspend but not expel members. Even the suspension has to follow due process. If it contradicts the party constitution, it won’t stand.”
The embattled senator has been in the eye of the storm over his involvement in alleged anti-party activities along with some Christian leaders.
Abbo resigned from Tinubu Support Organisation on July 11 following the nomination of Senator Kashim Shettima as a vice presidential candidate.
The controversial lawmaker had claimed that his conscience won’t allow him to campaign openly for Tinubu and his running mate over the contentious Muslim-Muslim ticket.
Similarly, on July 29, Abbo and some Northern Christian leaders of the ruling party called on Nigerians not to vote for any ticket that was not mixed between Christians and Muslims during the 2023 elections.
A day after their outrage, the Adamawa senator was among a delegation of aggrieved lawmakers who backed the move to impeach the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
Senators of the Peoples Democratic Party and some members of the opposition had staged a walkout on the Senate plenary session.
The senators left the plenary over the refusal of the President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan to discuss Buhari’s impeachment and a notice served to the president.
They also gave Buhari six weeks to resolve the insecurity crisis in the country or they would be forced to impeach him.