A major crisis has hit the All Progressives Congress in Niger State following the suspension of one of its elders and zonal leader of the party in the state, Alhaji Abubakar Magaji.
This is coming less than 30 days to the general elections.
Magaji, a member of Board of the Trustee of the party in the state, was among the founding fathers of the party after he led the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria to form APC.
The suspension of Magaji, who is widely tipped to deliver Niger South Senatorial District to the ruling party in the forthcoming elections, was contained in a statement by the party’s Secretary, Alhaji Mohammed A. Liman, in Minna on Thursday.
The BoT member accused of making a “derogatory statement” against the person of the state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, who is the leader of the party during its meeting that was chaired by the governor on January 14.
The party, in the statement, described the outburst of Magaji as not only embarrassing to the governor, but “has brought it into hatred, contempt, ridicule and disrepute”.
The party said the suspension of the one time National Vice Chairman (North Central) of the Peoples Democratic Party was in line with Article 21(A) (ii) of the party constitution (2014) as amended.
The state working committee of the party has therefore set up a five-man committee to investigate the matter and recommend appropriate sanctions.
All attempts to get the reaction of the embattled party elder could not yield any result as all his mobile phones were switched off as at the time of filing this report.