The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State has suspended the senator representing Kaduna North senatorial district in the National Assembly.
Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi was suspended for six months over alleged anti-party activities while a former interim Chairman of Kaduna South Local Government Area, Yahaya Shinko, and 27 other members were suspended from the APC for allegedly taking the party to court.
The decision was taken on Friday at an expanded meeting of the State Executive Committee attended by the deputy governor of the state, Bala Bantex, and members of the State House of Assembly among other stakeholders.
The Acting APC State Secretary, Baba Pate, briefed reporters on the outcomes of the meeting which held at the party’s secretariat in Kaduna.
He alleged that Senator Hunkuyi and the affected members have created a parallel party secretariat with the intention to factionalise the party, an action which he said amounts to anti-party activities.
Pate also warned that the party would no longer tolerate acts of indiscipline or insubordination from the members; hence the decision was taken against them in line with the APC constitution.
Reacting to his suspension, Senator Hunkuyi, through his spokesman, Yahaya Shinko, described the action as laughable and of no consequence.
He insisted that his faction is authentic and the only state party organ that is recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the APC national leadership.
According to him, there is no way he could have been suspended by the “so-called” state party leadership, without giving him a fair hearing about his offence.
The suspension of the lawmaker brings the number of APC suspended senators in the state to two, following the suspension of the senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, indefinitely in 2016 for the same offence.