The caretaker committee chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in Imo State, John Iwuala, has declared Senator Ifeanyi Araraume expelled from the party for alleged anti-party activities.
Iwuala said that the senator who represented Imo North between 1999 and 2007 and was the APGA governorship candidate during the 2019 election in Imo State was guilty of alleged anti-party activities.
Araraume had publicly pledged to work with the governor of Imo state, Hope Uzodinma, who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress.
Araraume had endorsed the APC candidate of the Okigwe North House of representatives rerun election as against the APGA candidate.
The APGA caretaker chairman said that the party in the state and in the South-East zone had expelled the senator. He said, “APGA in Imo State and in the South-East have expelled Senator Ifeanyi Araraume. We expelled him in a letter we wrote to the national leadership on January 11. We are waiting for the national leadership to ratify the expulsion. ”
But, Araraume, who spoke to journalists on Monday, said that the caretaker committee chairman had no legal rights to speak for Imo APGA. He said, “John Iwuala is unknown to me. He is unknown to APGA and unknown to law. A valid state Congress was conducted in Imo State and APGA has a duly elected chairman in Imo State.
“We have said that what we are running in Imo State now is a coalition. APGA, APC, AA, and part of PDP led by Senator Samuel Anyanwu are supporting the APC government of senator Hope Uzodinma.”
He insisted that he was still in APGA and the caretaker committee chairman had no power to expel him or any member of the party.