APC HQ clears air on suspension of Gemade, six others


The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) says Barnabas Gemade, a former Benue senator, remains a “bonafide member” of the party.

The APC in Benue had suspended Gemade, Terhemba Shija, a former house of representative member, and five others over anti-party activities.

They were accused of working for the opposition during the election.

In a statement on Thursday, Felix Morka, APC’s spokesperson, said the national working committee (NWC) of the party has ordered that the suspension be set aside.

“The attention of the national headquarters of All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to media reports of the purported suspension of Senator Barnabas Gemade, Professor Terhemba Shija, and five others by the Benue state executive committee of our party,” Morka said.

“The party has directed that the said suspension and all related actions in the matter be, and are hereby, set aside pending further review and decision of the party’s national working committee (NWC) on the matter.

“Therefore, senator Gemade, Professor Shija, and five others that are affected by the said suspension are, and remain, bonafide members of the Benue state chapter of our party.”