Senator Lawal Shuaibu, the Deputy National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (North), has reacted to the disciplinary panel setup by the National Working Committee to probe him.
He described the disciplinary panel as ‘illegal’, saying that it lacks the powers to probe him.
Naija Buzz published a leak letter directed to the National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, by Mr. Shuaibu.
In the letter, Shuaibu demanded for the resignation of Mr. Oshiomhole over several misfortune of the party.
The letter came after the Supreme Court sacked all the candidates of the ruling party who contested the 2019 general elections in Zamfara State. The apex court sacked the Zamfara APC Governorship, National Assembly and State House of Assembly candidates and declared all the candidates of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who came second in the election winners.
Shuaibu blamed Oshiomhole for the colossal loss, saying that he (Oshiomhole) lacks the necessary capability and experience required to run a political party.
Consequently, the NWC of the party last week raised a committee headed by Otunba Niyi Adebayo, the Deputy National Chairman (South), to probe Shuaibu for anti-party activities.
It appears whenever a party chieftain rebukes the leadership of the APC, he/she is accused of anti-party activities and a panel is setup to probe him/her and eventually recommend his suspension.
Similar case happened in the cases of Senator Kabir Marafa of Zamfara State, Ex-Governor Amosun of Ogun State, Ex-Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State.
As expected by all who follows the APC currently leadership style, Senator Shuaibu after his demands for Oshiomhole’s resignation was accused of instigating members of the National Assembly against the party’s decision on the election of presiding officers.
Shuaibu had in his leaked letter noted that Oshiomhole had no understanding of how the legislature works. He noted that the call by the APC Chairman for the party’s lawmakers to shun the opposition in the National Assembly was wrong and cannot work.
Shuaibu on the arrangement to probe him noted that powers to probe or discipline a member is only vested in the executive committee.
He further added in his reply to the summoun that he would not appear before the five-man panel which was setup in a meeting presided by Oshiomhole himself, saying that the APC Chairman cannot be the judge in his own case.
“I don’t know from where the National Working Committee derived the powers of discipline. The APC Constitution in Article 21 states that such power shall only be exercised by the party through the respective executive committee of the party at all levels,” Shuaibu said.
“I am not a lawyer, but I have been in the political party system for about a decade now to be able to know that every decision of the party shall be in line with what its constitution stipulates,” he added.
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.