The All Progressive Congress (APC) Yobe State have expelled the newly appointed Director General of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Alhaji Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja, from the party for dragging the party to court.
The Nation reports that on the 2/06/2017, the Supreme Court brought an end to a protracted legal battle between Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam and Engr. Mustapaha Maihaja who challenged the eligibility of Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam for the April 2015 governorship polls. The case was however ruled in favour of Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam.
Apparently irked by the action of Engr. Maihaja who also made attempt to contest as governor in 2015 but was denied by the party, the party leadership in the state took their pound of flesh to expel Engr. Maihaja over what they describe as “flagrant abuse of the party constitution”.
His expulsion was contained in a statement issued and signed by the state secretary of the party, Alhaji Abubakar Bakabe together with the Acting Chairman Adamu Chilariye and made available to newsmen in Damaturu today quoted various sections of the party’s constitution to justify their action.
The Statement said section 21’D’ sub-section (V) of the APC constitution empowers the State Executive Council of the party to take punitive measures against erring party members.
Part of the DG’s sins against the party was the abuse of the APC constitution by filing court action against the governorship election in Yobe state without exhausting other avenues of seeking redress provided for in the party constitution
It quoted the party constitution as; “Section 21’D’ sub-section (V) also states that any member who files an action in court of law against the party or any of its officer on any matter relating to the discharge of the duties of the party without first exhausting the avenues for redress provided for in this constitution shall automatically stand expelled on filing such action and no appeal against the expulsion is stipulated in this cause shall be entertained until the withdrawal of the action from court by the member.
The party said Maihaja violated section 21 ‘A’ sub-section 10 of the party constitution which warned members against “filing an action in a court of law against the party or any of it’s officers on any matter relating to the discharge of the duties of the party without first exhausting all avenues provided for in the constitution.”
The statement regretted that the DG NEMA “refused to explore all available avenues and flagrantly abused the constitution by instituting a court action against the party until the determination of the case by the Supreme court which ruled in favour of the party and Governor Ibrahim Gaidam.”
The statement also added that the action of Egr. Mustapha Maihaja was caused divisions, disaffection, disunity and lack of loyalty within the ranks and file of the party in the state.
“In view of this therefore, the party has expelled Mustapha Yunusa Maihaja indefinitely and is hereby advised from this day to desist from parading himself as a member of the party” the statement said.
Efforts to get to Engr. Maihaja could not yield immediate result as he was said to be attending a meeting at the Villa.