Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adamawa state chapter, has removed its chairman, Ibrahim Bilal, over alleged anti-party and financial misconduct.
He was also accused of gross violation of party’s constitution.
His deputy, Ismaila Tadawus has been sworn-in as new chairman with 24 of 36 members appending their signatures.
The decision was reached after an emergency meeting at the party secretariat, Yola.
Addressing Journalists, the APC state PRO said that Ibrahim Bilal is no longer their leader after the vote of no confidence passed on him.
According to him, the SEC has invoked article 21.5 (vi) of the party’s constitution which vested them with the powers to pass vote of no confidence on him this day of September 2022.
In a swift reaction, the embattled party state chairman described his removal as illegal that would hold no water.
Bilal in a statement insisted that he still remain APC party chairman in Adamawa.
” I want to thank all APC faithful in Adamawa, who have called to express their solidarity, following today’s rapacious actions of a few element bent at plunging a virile party into crisis.
” It needs restating not to mislead the uninformed that only the National Working Committee, of the APC, reserves the power in a dispute or crisis to remove an elected chairman of the party. Our party guidelines are clear on this issue.”
The statement added that he will still await the dust to settle on his purported removal as chairman.
” I am encouraged by the outpouring of Goodwill from party stakeholders who have said these grave desecration of the rule of law will never be allowed to prevail”
” I want to reassure our party stakeholders to disregard the actions of motley crowd, of enemies within, acting the script of the opposition to plunge the party into crisis, at the verge of a crucial elections, that their actions has further reawakened the consciousness of party faithful to be vigilant” it stated
” Because democracy requires our eternal vigilance, otherwise we would be at the mercy of a few self serving politicians who will always act in ways to subvert popular will.
“I want to urge every party member to remain calm as I still remain the chairman of the APC in Adamawa, and by Allah’s grace will serve out the remainder of my tenure, and leading our party to victory, come next year’s general election.
“But it requires restating that the actions of a few exco officials, who acting out of strife, disrupted the serenity so long enjoyed by the party, to serve us a circus, of my purported sack will meet the resolve of a determined followership, to never allow evil to prevail.”