The Director General of Aishatu Ahmed (Binani) governorship campaign council, Senator Ahmed Barata, has been suspended by the All Progressives Congress ward executives for Ketembere, under Shelleng Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
The ward executive members on Friday announced the suspension of Barata over alleged anti-party activities and withholding of relief food items sent to party faithful by Binani before the elections
The Adamawa APC has recently witnessed a series of suspension orders being issued to some prominent and influential members of the party at their wards, the most prominent being that of Boss Mustapha, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, by some ward executives in his Gwadabawa ward. This provoked sanctions by the State Working Committee culminating in the sacking and indefinite suspension of the ward officials from the party. A letter addressed to Barata, a copy of which was made available to journalists in Yola, dated March 30, and titled, ‘Suspension from being a member of All Progressives Congress’, signed by Iliyasu Mohammed and 26 others, mentioned various infractions allegedly committed by Barata including his refusal to distribute food items donated by Binani prior to the governorship election which held on March 18. According to the letter, the resolution to suspend Barata was taken during the ward executive meeting of the party held on March 27, 2023.
It reads, “With due regards to all relevant sections of article 21 of the All Progressives Congress constitution, 2022 as amended which as well empowers the ward executive committee to take disciplinary measures against any erring member irrespective of his or her status, we, the exco members of this ward, therefore, have resolved in our March 27, 2023 meeting to suspend you (Barata) on the following grounds; “Anti-party activities during the March 18 governorship and House of Assembly elections; Impersonation of the party by appointment of agents in same elections as mentioned above; Being a principal actor in causing crisis at the polling unit between agent sent by the party and those you sent during the 18 March governorship and House of Assembly elections; and withhold of relief food items sent to party faithful before election by the APC governorship candidate, Distinguished Senator Aisha Ahmed Binani.” The statement further promised to inform all relevant authorities including organs of the party both at the zone and state levels as well as security agencies and members of the public of the suspension of the Senator Barata at the ward.