Niger APC bars ex chairman, Secretary from Speaking for Party.
Yahaya Zakka Minna
The sacked Chairman and Secretary of All progressive Congress in Niger state can not speak for the Party, Niger state Chapter of APC reaffirm.
The All Progressives Congress APC Niger state chapter has said that it’s sacked chairman Alhaji Jibrin Imam and Secretary Alhaji Mohammed Liman can no longer speak for or on behalf of the party.
The duo of Imam and Liman were sacked from the party in July 2020 for alleged gross misconduct, misappropriation of funds, and disregard to the Constitution of the Party .
The Legal Adviser of the party Mr Khaleel Ibrahim Aliyu in a statement made available to newsmen in Minna on Wednesday said the clarification about the position of the erstwhile leaders of the party had become necessary following a statement in circulation purportedly authored by them.
In the said statement both Limam and Imam had taken exception to the plan being made by the APC in the state for it’s forthcoming congresses apart from still laying claim to the leadership of the party and accusing the Governor Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello of not doing enough to resolve the crisis that has plagued the party in the state for over one year now.
Khaleel in the statement reminded both Limam and Imam that the national Secretariat of the party had endorsed their “impeachments” and communicated them accordingly
The National Secretariat also affirmed Alhaji Aliyu Saidu Galkogo as the state acting Chairman, Alhaji Suleiman Abdullahi as acting state Secretary and Usman Ahmed Madaki as acting state Treasurer of the Party the legal adviser said further in the statement.
In addition he stated that the National Executive Committee of the party had also dissolved all the Executives of the Party at all levels throughout the country and appointed Caretaker Committees to oversee the affairs of the Party from Ward to the National level saying that as a result of the action the National leadership of the party set up and swore in a 35 man Executive Committee for the Party in the state followed by the inauguration of the 25 Local Governments and 274 Wards executive committees
From the forgoing Khaleel said “anyone who did not take the oath of office after the dissolution of the party executives by the NEC and the inauguration of new executive members at all levels for the state is not and cannot claim to be an executive member of our great Party (APC) in any capacity”
“We therefore wish to categorically clarify that the impeached people cannot lay any claim to the leadership of the party in the state” and can therefore not parade themselves as one.
The APC presently has a constitutionally recognised leadership in place and anyone trying to do anything to the contrary is an impostor who will be made to face the full wrath of the law in due course Khaleel said before encouraging them (Liman and Imam) to “accept the decision of the party and work with it’s resolutions if they still want to remain members of the party in the state”.
Khaleel also exhonorated Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of any blame in the crisis saying that the governor mediated several times to find amicable solution to the dispute but the impeached people did not allow the efforts made to bear fruits.
The legal adviser advised all loyal and dedicated members of the party not to be misled by the obnoxious statements but ” we should all remain focussed on achieving the goals ahead of us”