Just in: APC expels deputy chief whip of House of Reps over alleged anti-party activities

Honourable Pally Iriase, the deputy chief whip of the House of Representatives, was, on Monday, September 24, expelled from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for alleged anti-party activities.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the lawmaker, who represents Owan federal constituency, was expelled by his ward and ratified by the local government. The expulsion letter, according to the report, was signed by Zuberu Shabah and Theophilus Aigboje, chairman and secretary respectively of Owan East local government and made available to newsmen in Benin, Edo state.

We understands that the allegations leveled against Iriase included defection of ward eight and nine APC executives to the PDP on his orders, presenting his personal assistant, Hilary Ozogo, to contest under the PDP platform and refusal to attend APC meetings.

In the letter addressed to the national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, through the head of the Edo chapter of the party, Anselm Ojezua, the Owan East branch of the political organisation said it ratified the decision of APC members of Ward nine to expel Iriase.

The letter said all laid down rules and procedures as enshrined in article 21 of the APC’s constitution were followed in reaching the conclusion to expel Iriase. It said the APC in Owan East had since moved on without Iriase and the evidence would show in the forth coming elections.

“I humbly invite Mr Chairman to kindly note the decision of the Owan East chapter of the APC and grant it the very urgent attention it requires. “The APC leadership and members in Owan East have already moved forward without Pally Iriase as we are growing in numbers everyday.

This will be evident in the results we post in the forthcoming elections. “Iriase refused to officially inform the APC of his defection because he wants to continue to enjoy the benefit of the office of the deputy chief whip, ” the letter read.

The report said attempts made to get the lawmaker’s reaction on his expulsion were unsuccessful as his two mobile numbers were switched off. However, it was reported that Iriase had recently confirmed that there was intense pressure on him to move to PDP, and added that he remained focus and committed to the APC. “I have made my direction politically very clear, am not contesting the 2019 general election.

“Am a member of APC, people who do not want to be in APC anymore have defected. It is a personal thing; you don’t do it by surrogate “Any politician of note that is considered to have electoral value is likely, under the kind of circumstances we find ourselves in Edo state, to be under severe pressure from poachers. “But what you make of that pressure is the real issue, am calm. From rumour flying around, I remain who I am,” he had said.