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CISLAC faults suspension of Okorocha, Amosun

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), on Monday, described the suspension of Gov, Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State from the All Progressives Congress (APC) as“ politically unfair”.

The Executive Director of CISLAC, Mr Auwal Musa-Rafsanjani, who spoke in a telephone interview in Abuja, faulted APC leadership’s decision to suspend the two governors.

The National Working Committee (NWC) of the party had, on March 1, suspended the two governors alongside the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Usani Uguru, and Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu, for alleged anti-party activities.

At the meeting presided over by the party’s National Chairman, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, the NWC recommended to the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party that the suspended individuals be expelled.

Musa-Rafsanjani said the timing of the governors’ suspension was wrong in as much as the party has the right to discipline its members.

“First and foremost, we believe that the party has the right to decide on what they want to do.

“However, we have noted a lot of lack of internal democracy in the conduct of the political party.

“So the decision to really suspend these two governors now, we do not think it is healthy in terms of party’s workings and formation,’’ he said.

According to CISLAC boss, the NWC should have actually allowed the governors to respond to the queries it issued before handing them the  suspension.

“I think it is not a good idea to have suspended them because the governors are critical stakeholders in the party and they have all worked to ensure the success of the party at the presidential level,’’ he said.

Musa-Rafsanjani described the NWC’s action as “political injustice.’’

“We think it is politically unfair,’’ he said.

Sunday Olatunji
Dele Fashomi, seasoned journalist and communication teacher, is a holder of Master of Arts degree in Communication and Language Arts from the University of Ibadan in 1992/93. Earlier, he had bagged a Bachelor degree from the same university in 1984, after which he proceeded to the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, in 1990, for a postgraduate diploma in Journalism. He had done many courses in communication, including the EU-BBC Editing Course in 2002. Mr. Fashomi combines effectively the practice, research and teaching of communication. And to date, he has published two academic works in communication: Issues in Communication Technology and Policy (2010) and Economic and Social Issues in Advertising and PR (2013). He had his first break in the Nigerian media in Concord Newspapers in 1990 and today, he has over two and half decades experience earned in several newspapers. He has been part of many start-ups, such as The Republic (1987), The Comet (1999), The Anchor 2001 - 2002; Sun Newspapers (2003); Westerner newsmagazine (2005 - 2010) as Editor; National Life (2011) as Sunday Editor, and Newswatch Newspapers (2012- 2016) as Daily Editor. Dele Fashomi is now the Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Newstide247.com newspaper online, which he started in July 2015. He is also into biography writing, with many books in his trail, some of which he wrote alone and one he co- authored with his mentor, Mr Dare Babarinsa, entitled:  Olabiyi Durojaiye - DARE TO BE DiFFERENT. He also guided and collaborated with Pa Olatunji Odusanya in writing his autobiography - AGAINST ALL ODDS. There are many other books in the works under his pen.
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