*ousted scribe says action is unconstitutional
By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
The Delta State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) crisis on Monday deepened as the State Executive Committee (SEC) announced the removal of the state party secretary, Mr Chidi Okonji over alleged insubordination among others.
AUTHENTIC NEWS DAILY online, reports that the State chairman of the party who was accused of embezzling the state party’s funds, Prophet Jones Erue, announced the removal of the Okonji at an enlarged SEC meeting held at the party’s Secretariat in Asaba, the state capital.
Erue also immediately sworn-in Alex Nwadiamu as Okonji’s replacement.
Nwadiamu is the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.
Also sworn-in were the new deputy state chairman, Moses Ogodo, three zonal chairmen, state woman leader and two others as replacements for those earlier suspended by the party.
In a swift reaction, the sacked state secretary, Mr. Okonji described the action “as unconstitutional, noting that the state chairman was unable to muster the two-third majority required to remove him as secretary.
Okonji urged the state chairman to “go and face the investigative committee which he had earlier set up to try the chairman over allegations of financial impropriety leveled against him by some members of the party”.
However, Erue told journalists in Asaba that, “the swearing-in of the new members of the State Executive Committee (SEC) was meant to rejig and rejuvenate the party for success in future elections
“My party is going in the direction of rejuvenation, rejigging it and putting new life into it,” he said.