Awka - The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Awka North Local Government Area of Anambra has announced the suspension of the factional chairman of the party in the state, Shedrack Anakwe.
The party also suspended six other persons loyal to the factional National Chairman, Maxi Okwu, for alleged anti-party activities.
The suspension followed a resolution reached at a stakeholders' meeting in Awka on Wednesday at the council secretariat.
The leader of the party in the council, Godson Ezenagu, and Nwokike Ezeanya moved a motion for the suspension of the members.
Other suspended members were Casmir Ilonwa, Godson Amebo, Rapheal Enweluzo, Nicholas Ibe, Ajeke Igboemeke and Basil Onwuzulume.
They said their action was in line with the provision of the party's constitution.
According to them, any member whose verifiable public and private conduct tends to bring the image of the party to disrepute shall be suspended.
The meeting mandated the Deputy Chairman of the party in the council, Louis Umegbolu, to steer its affairs pending the resolution of the crisis in the state.
It also constituted a seven-man committee headed by Chukuma Okoye, a former education commissioner in the state, and Chukwudi Madikife as secretary to look into the matters within four days and report back to the party for appropriate actions.
Reacting to the suspension, Anakwe told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in a telephone chat that he was not perturbed by the action, saying that it did not follow due process.
"The suspension is a joke. The process of the suspension is wrong because it was supposed to start from the ward up to the higher levels but that is not the case here.
"I will respond to it at the appropriate; I will respond," he said.
Anakwe was appointed a factional chairman of APGA in Anambra two weeks ago following a Federal High Court judgment that declared Maxi Okwu as the authentic national chairman of the party.