The suspension of Tonye Princewill: A Fruitless Venture – AC
The Leadership of Rivers State Action Congress Care -Taker - Committee (CTC) has described the latest suspension of its leader, Prince Tonye Princewill by the Chairman, Mr. Badey Suage as an exercise in futility.
This is contained in a text message sent to pressmen by the party's spokesman, Chief Chukwuemeka Eze, urging the public to disregard the purported suspension as it amounts to, “the rattling of an ant scrambling for cheap food and execution of the agenda of his (Mr. Badey's) paymasters as he lacks authority to suspend any member of the party let alone a Board OF Trustee (BOT) member and leader of the party”.
The party's spokesman said that Mr. Badey is not an elected Chairman whose powers are limited, and even if elected, the party's constitution, Article 9, section 4, 6 and 10 empowers the executive committee to decide disciplinary actions to be taken against erring members adding that such a member must be given fair hearing.
Chief Eze said it was sad that the Rivers State AC CTC never sat or queried Tonye Princewill let alone suspend him.
In his reaction, the Ac leader Prince Tonye Princewill stated that: “ My refusal to give them money is the catalyst and I will not, I repeat I will not succumb. If they want 10million naira they should work for it. They will not even see 1o naira from me”.
It is being alleged in some sections that some members of they party are demanding 10 million naira from the leader of the party as an incentive to follow him to PDP in the actual event of his defection to the ruling party, PDP.
It could be recalled that the state Chairman of Action Congress in Rivers state, Mr. Badey announced in Love FM on the 29 of April, 2010 the suspension of the leader of the party Prince Tonye Princewill.
Nwaorgu Faustinus, Socio –political commentator writes from Igboetche, Rivers State