The Deputy Majority Whip of the House of Representatives, Pally Iriase, has been expelled from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The expulsion of the lawmaker representing Owan West of Edo Stat followed the ratification by the Local Government exco of an expulsion order issued at the ward level.
According to the expulsion letter signed by Zuberu Shabah and Theophilus Aigboje, the Chairman and Secretary of Owan East local government exco respectively and made available to reporters in Benin, on Monday, Iriase was accused to engaging in anti-party activities.
Allegations leveled against Iriase included defections in ward eight and nine of APC executives to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the orders of Iriase, presenting his personal assistant, Hilary Ozogo, to contest an election under the PDP platform and refusal to attend APC meetings.
In the letter addressed to Adams Oshiomhole, national Chairman of the APC through Anselm Ojezua, the Edo State Chairman of the party, the Owan East APC said it ratified the decision of APC members of ward nine to expel Iriase.
The letter stated that all laid down rules and procedures as enshrined in article 21 of the APC’s constitution were followed in reaching the conclusion to expel Iriase.
It said the APC in Owan East has since moved on without Iriase and the evidence would show in the forth coming elections.
“Iriase refused to officially inform the APC of his defection because he wants to continue to enjoy the benefit of the office of the Deputy Chief Whip,” the letter began.
“The APC leadership and members in Owan East have already moved on without Pally Iriase as we are growing in numbers everyday. This will be evident in the results we post in the forthcoming elections.
“I humbly invite Mr. Chairman to kindly note the decision of the Owan East chapter of the APC and grant it the very urgent attention it requires,” the expulsion letter stated.