Benue APC disowns member over anti-Buni comments


The Benue State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has given one of its members, Okpoku Ogenyi, 24 hours to withdraw allegations made against the Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker/ Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee or face sanctions.

The state party chairman, Abba Yaro, issued the ultimatum on Saturday.

He also disowned threats issued by Ogenyi and the Concerned APC Members to drag the party to court should it fail to hold a national convention by December.

Ogenyi had at a media briefing, in Abuja, on Friday, rejected the planned membership registration while accusing the caretaker committee of lacking legitimacy.

He also demanded that the Buni-led committee be replaced, saying, “The most senior member of sacked the (Adams) Oshiomhole-led NWC should be returned as chairman because that is what our party constitution says. We call on state chairmen of the party not to join the illegal registration because it is tailored for their removal from office in the long run.”

However, Yaro, in a statement titled: ‘Okpoku Ogenyi and His Many Tales, Sponsored Allegations on APC Caretaker Committee,’ said the aggrieved member’s views should be ignored.

Yaro said, “From the APC membership registration, update, revalidation exercise to the successful and ongoing reconciliation efforts, among other ongoing activities of the CECPC, all identified stakeholders led by our President, Muhammadu Buhari, as the leader of our party, the Progressives Governors’ Forum, state chapters, National Assembly leadership are regularly consulted and carried along on all decisions by the CECPC.

“Okpoku Ogenyi is strongly advised to withdraw within 24 hours his baseless allegations which he made in a television interview on Friday or face disciplinary actions.

“He should tender an apology to the caretaker committee over his tactless and ill-motivated attempt to bring the party to disrepute.

“We urge our teeming members and supporters to disregard Okpoku Ogenyi and his comments.

“He is an impostor and a hired fifth columnist. Okpoku Ogenyi did not purchase the Benue State Governorship aspirant form as wrongly addressed as an aspirant in the television interview.”

In response, the spokesperson for the Concerned APC Members, Abdullahi Dauda, said, Ogenyi, as a bonafide member of the APC, addressed the media on behalf of members of the group.

“Ogenyi spoke based on our agreement on how the party can move forward. We have made our feelings known and we await appropriate action,” he said.

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