Fresh crisis is brewing in the Niger State chapter of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, as Governor Abubakar Sani Bello and Senator David Umaru are at loggerheads over the appointment of key officers in the state.
Nigerian Pilot Saturday gathered that the appointment of the Secretary to State Government, SSG, is at the root cause of the crisis in Niger APC.
The governor’s choice of SSG is said to be from his zone while the people of the Senator Umaru’s zone are said to have been completely cut off in the scheme of affairs in the state.
This has resulted in disunity among members of the party in the state, who are now taking different sides.
Shortly after the announcement of key officers, Umaru, representing Niger-East faulted the appointments, citing a clear deviation from the rule of federal character which provides that; religion, tribal and senatorial considerations must be respected.
According to him, the appointment of the SSG from the same geographical area with the Governor was aimed at short changing his area after senatorial districts had shared the positions of the Governor and that of Deputy Governor respectively.
He therefore insisted that the three senatorial zones should be equally represented in government.
Governor Bello had during a breakfast meeting claimed that Umaru had retracted his condemnations about key appointments.
In reaction, Umaru had insisted he stands by his words, saying, “I have never made a statement and retracted it. I do not see any reason why I should make this statement and retract it. I am aware that the governor said that zone ‘B’ do not have a leader. I think it is fool hardy for anybody to say such a thing. My politics have always been people oriented and I have never pretended to do otherwise.”
Umaru added that he cannot be a party to a situation that will nurture dictatorship in Niger State.

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