The African Action Congress has expelled its National Secretary, Leonard Ezenwa, for suspending the National Chairman and presidential candidate in the last election, Omoyele Sowore.
Sowore said this in a statement on Monday while reacting to his suspension and that of party officials loyal to him, by Ezenwa.
The statement reads in part, “It has come to the notice of the office of the chairman of the African Action Congress that a group of suspended members, induced by financial reasons and anti-progressive politics, gathered in Abuja today and purportedly held a NEC meeting.
“These members, led by Leonard Nzenwa, former national secretary, who was suspended for financial impropriety and anti-party activities, have demonstrated by their actions that they have never been, and have never shared the core beliefs that those of us in the AAC hold.
“Leonard Ezenwa is hereby expelled from the party, and the misguided individuals who participated in the Abuja meeting are suspended from the party until investigations reveal the extent of their involvement.”
Ezenwa had announced the suspension of Sowore and eight others, including its Deputy National Chairman (South-West), Ogunlana Rotimi Jacob, for a period of six months over alleged anti-party activities.
Ezenwa was appointed acting National Chairman, while Abayomi Francis Olufemi was named Deputy National Chairman.
A member of the AAC National Executive Committee, Mazi Okwy, who read the resolution of the party to journalists in Abuja, premised the party’s decision against Sowore, Publisher of Sahara Reporters; and his executive, on alleged anti-party activities.
Okwy had said the allegation against Sowore bordered “particularly on inflow of illegal foreign funds into the party and personally retaining same in contravention of Section 225 (3)(4) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), together with eight others.”