Ahead of the Local Government Elections scheduled for February 11in Yobe State, the State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has lifted the suspension slammed on officials at the state, local and ward levels last year.
The officials were suspended by the party state executive for insubordination and indiscipline.
According to a statement issued by the state secretary of the party, Alhaji Abubakar Bakabe, and made available to newsmen in Damaturu said the suspension was lifted with effect from January 17, 2017.
The statement explained that the lifting of the suspension is as a result of the show of remorse exhibited by the affected officials, stressing that the decision was done as a deterrent for any intending member who may wish to misbehave.
Alhaji Bakabe said; “Having demonstrated remorselessness by the affected officials, the state executive council has with effect from today 17/1/2017, lifted the suspension while the indicted officials have been relieved of their offices.
“Similarly, the dissolved party executive councils in Fune, Fika and Potiskum local government government areas remain dissolved.
“The state executive council has also endorsed the expulsion of members at the party ward levels in Potiskum local government area.”
The statement added that the party took the decision in the interest of the party to serve as deterrent to others, instill party discipline and loyalty in the state.
“APC wish to assure every member of the party of its support, cooperation and equal opportunities to achieve individual and collective ambitions and, the development of democracy,” it said.
In another development, seven political parties are gearing up for elections.
The State Chairman of Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Alhaji Umar Kukuri informed journalists in a press briefing in Damaturu.
According to him, all the political parties involved have conducted their primaries and submitted their candidates to the State Independent Electoral Commission in Damaturu.
He mentioned the seven political parties as PDC, SDP, CPP, ACD, APC, NCP and MPPP with the PDD conspicuously absent.
Kukuri informed that campaigns had commenced across the state with political parties canvasing for support ahead of the poll.
He called on the SIEC to ensure a level playing ground for free and fair election that would be accepted by all the political parties and observers nationally.
Alhaji Kukuri equally appealed to the political parties to conduct themselves according to the rules of the game and avoid issues that could breach peace in the state before, during and after the election.
He praised security operatives in the state for ensuring peace in the previous elections and urged them to maintain the same tempo during the imminent poll.