Gombe APC expels another senator, Rep over anti-party activities
The Gombe State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has expelled Sen. Bulus Amos and Yunusa Abubakar, member representing Yamaltu/Deba Federal Constituency, over alleged anti-party activities during the 2023 general elections.
Sen. Amos is the senator representing Gombe South Senatorial District of Gombe State.
It will be recalled that Moses Kyari, the All Progressives Congress (APC) spokesperson in the state had on April 8 in a press statement announced the suspension of the two lawmakers by their ward executives.
Briefing newsmen on Tuesday, in Bambam community of Balanga Local Government Area of Gombe State, the Chairman of APC in Bambam ward, Muhammad Kaka said the ward executives had no option but to expel the senator.
Kaka said the expulsion of the senator became imperative following the failure of the senator to defend himself against allegations leveled against him instead went ahead to issue threats to party executives at the ward.
“We held elections in our ward during the just concluded general elections and we have Sen. Amos from our ward who didn’t come out to partake in our political activities.
“Instead the senator went round with his supporters telling them not to vote the APC and in his polling unit and the surrounding polling units APC didn’t win any of those units because of his anti-party activities.
“This really disturbed the executives at the ward and we sat down to examine this and decided to summon him to defend himself and explain why he did what he did,” he said.
The chairman said that though Amos appeared before them but could not explain why he did what he did and so “we gave him another chance but he failed to return.”
According to him, the senator went ahead to threaten ward executives saying “we have no right to expel him from the party; this is wrong as no one is bigger than the party.
“It is in view of this that we the executives at the ward decided to expel Sen. Amos from our party.”
Kaka said that the action taken by the party executives in Bambam ward was endorsed by the LG and Gombe South zonal executives and “that’s why they are all here today.”
When contacted, Mr Felix Manasseh, a media aide to Sen. Amos described the action of the ward executives as political witch hunt and a preconceived idea against the senator.
Manasseh accused the ward and LG executives of acting on the script of their paid masters against the serving senator.
“Sen. Amos has served APC from the national down to the zone and he has paid his dues having brought light to APC as far as Tangale-Waja is concerned.
“He donated his own house to be used as zonal party office and yet no one is talking about his contributions suddenly because of political witch-hunt.
“For those that accused him of losing his polling unit, who in Gombe State can boast of victory in his unit during the Presidential election?
“Yet Sen. Amos won his state assembly election and delivered his local government during the Governorship Election,” he said.
In a related development, Mr Yunusa Abubakar, member representing Yamaltu/Deba Federal Constituency was also expelled from the party in his ward over same allegations as that of Sen. Amos.
Secretary of the party at Lubo/Kinafa/Difa ward of Yamaltu/Deba Local Government where Abubakar is representing, Sama’ila Aliyu, said the lawmaker had failed to appear before the panel set up to investigate his alleged anti-party activities.
Aliyu further stated that the executives also extended invitation to him to defend himself but Abubakar failed to appear before them.
“For all his anti-party activities and his inability to come and defend himself in the spirit of fair hearing and justice, it is clear that he engaged in anti-party and we all saw it.
“ We the executives have decided to expel Abubakar from our party,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that APC had on April 18, announced the expulsion of Sen. Danjuma Goje, senator representing Gombe Central Senatorial District of Gombe State over his alleged involvement in anti-party activities during the just concluded General Elections.