- As party disowns Gov Bello
All Progressives Congress, APC, says it is willing to sacrifice and concede the Senate Presidency to its rival Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to effect positive democratic change in the country.
Also, Kogi state chapter of the ruling party has disowned Governor Yahaya Bello, accusing him of sabotaging the interests of the party in favour of its rivals the PDP through appointments and unhidden compromises.
The Kogi chapter wrote to the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, adducing these damaging allegations against the governor and vowed never to have anything to do with the governor, again.
These latest developments further betrayed the persistent crises of confidence and lack of unity of purpose in the ruling party especially with the plot to remove Senate President Bukola Saraki, who was never its choice for the position.
Chief Odigie-Oyegun in a published interview revealed yesterday that the party could not care less about the outcome of the trial of the senate president over alleged false asset declaration.
“Well, I don’t think we will lose that position. But sometimes, for change to take place there is price you have to pay. So losing the position may be sacrifice for change,” he said stressing that the party is willing to sacrifice the position to its rival.
“Things must be done normally. That is part of the change mantra that we must play by the rule so that we don’t truncate processes. People don’t seem to internalise what change is.
“If the President says, “court, free that man”, the same president can say “court, imprison that man.” Is that the Nigeria you want? No! Change means allowing the law to take the proper course. I can tell you the President won’t interfere. The President is straight definite, straight and firm in all facets,” he said noting that President Muhammadu Buhari will not interfere in the court proceedings against Saraki.
Meanwhile Kogi chapter of the ruling party took the decision to disassociate from Governor Bello following a crucial meeting attended by 33 executive members and the 21 LGA party chairmen.
According to a communiqué issued on Saturday, the party leaders alleged that Bello was responsible for the leadership crisis in the House of Assembly, a situation that led to police to seal up the premises therefore denying the members the chance to sit and carry out their constitutional duties.
They further alleged that it was the governor who engineered the Federal House of Representatives to take over the duties of the assembly, citing constitutional provisions.
The party also accused the state government for not carrying the party structures along in his policy directions, appointments and general governance.
Further, the party leaders alleged that: That we are in the power but still in opposition, that we fought power from the PDP only for Governor Yahaya Bello to give back the power to the same PDP.
That all the 45 appointments made so far by his Excellency, Gov. Yahaya Bello are given to PDP members and that there is crisis between our members in the State house of Assembly instigated by the State Governor.
It resolved therefore to plead to the National Leaders and Presidency to consider the State’s ministerial nominee from legacy party so that our party will not collapse.
They further resolved to work to revive the party noting, “That since we are not prepared to allow our party to die, we should go back to our various levels and energise our structure and tell them to remain calm, steadfast and committed to the ideals of the party.