As the crisis in the Enugu State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) deepens, its state executive committee (SEC) has set up a five-man disciplinary committee to look into petitions and reports of fact-finding committees that investigated allegations of anti-party activities levelled against former Senate President, Ken Nnamani and two other members of the party in the state.
The disciplinary committee, which is headed by the State Assistant Legal Adviser, Barr. Vincent Chieyina and Secretary, Hon Jekwu Nnaji, is to invite Senator Nnamani and two others, namely a former Commissioner in Enugu State, Ozor Joe Mmamel and Mr. Nelson Maduka Arum to answer the charges against them.
The state secretary of the party, Dr Robert Ngwu, who presented the resolution of the state executive committee (SEC) after their meeting, at the party's zonal office in Enugu, on Wednesday, said the party would not hesitate to expel or suspend Senator Nnamani, Ozor Mmamel and Arum if found culpable.
He said the action to be taken against the trio will depend on the recommendations of the disciplinary committee.
Ngwu said, "The Party is fully aware of the nefarious activities of the previous administration of the Party in the 2015 and 2019 General Elections.
"With that in mind, the Party reviewed various petitions and reports from the Fact-Finding Committees against Sen. Ken Nnamani, Ozor Joe Mmamel, and Mr Maduka Arum, aka Mama, from their different local government areas. The petition bordered on anti-party activities and other offences against the APC Constitution and the Electoral Act of 2022.
"Sen. Ken Nnamani was accused of campaigning openly for the candidacy of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at a rally held at the Michael Okpara Square Enugu on January 20th 2023.
"Sen. Nnamani was represented by Ben Nwoye, an expelled former Chairman of Enugu state APC who has been working against the candidate of APC (Chief Uche Nnaji), and Mr Maduka Arum, aka Mama, an acolyte and head of Ken Nnamani Political group.
"Ken Nnamani has had a history of anti-party activities. He joined APC from PDP some years ago and has consistently campaigned against APC candidates, including Sen. Ayogu Eze, in 2019. The Party could not bring him to order because the Party then had no moral authority under the leadership of Mr Ben Nwonye."
The Enugu SEC alleged that on January 11, 2023, Nnamani worked to sabotage the APC presidential rally, which was described as an apparent contradiction of the Electoral Act.
"The Electoral Act in Section 92 (4) stipulates that no candidate or aspirant should employ masquerades for any purpose during the campaign. On record, Ken Nnamani brought masquerade to the airport and ordered them to go to the rally. Thank God for the diligence of our Youth Wing, who ensured that Ken Nnamani's branded masquerade did not make it to the campaign event. That action would have sabotaged and put our presidential candidate in legal jeopardy," the party noted.
The SEC stated that apart from Sen. Ken Nnamani the Party has also received petitions against Ozor Joe Mmamel and Mr. Maduka Arum, aka Mama from Ezeagu Local Government Area and Enugu South Local Government Area respectively, all bordering on anti-party activities.
"The State Executive Committee of the Party has therefore forwarded all the petitions and the fact-finding reports to the State Disciplinary Committee for investigation and recommendation of appropriate sanctions.
"The Party will not hesitate to suspend or expel the accused if found guilty by the Disciplinary Committee."
When the State Chairman, Ugochukwu Agballah put the SEC resolution to voice vote, it received a resounding yes with no dissenting voice.
Agballah, however, charged the disciplinary committee to follow the established law of natural justice by giving the accused persons a fair hearing.