APC cri­sis deep­ens over le­gal ad­viser

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Muideen Olaniyi

The con­tro­versy gen­er­ated by the pur­ported sus­pen­sion of the Na­tional Le­gal Ad­viser of the rul­ing All Pro­gres­sives Con­gress (APC), Muiz Banire, has pitched the party’s spokesper­sons in Lagos State and the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT) against each other.

The APC Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary in the FCT, Adaji Us­man, yes­ter­day asked his coun­ter­part in Lagos State, Joe Ig­bokwe, to ei­ther re­tract his state­ment that the party’s Na­tional Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary, Malam Bo­laji Ab­dul­lahi, could not speak for the party or face sanc­tion.

Malam Ab­dul­lahi had in a state­ment is­sued last Fri­day an­nounced that the APC Na­tional Work­ing Com­mit­tee (NWC), had an­nulled the pur­ported ex­pul­sion of Banire.

But Ig­bokwe, in a swift re­ac­tion, said since Ab­dul­lahi was not validly elected, he could not speak for the party. He also de­scribed the NWC de­ci­sion as hasty and an as­sault on democ­racy for fault­ing the right of the lo­cal chap­ter of the APC to re­call a party mem­ber at the na­tional level over al­leged anti-party ac­tiv­i­ties.

The APC spokesman yes­ter­day chided Ig­bokwe, and ac­cused him of mak­ing “false and ab­surd claims about na­tional of­fi­cers of the party with­out ba­sis.”

Us­man said Malam Ab­dul­lahi was validly elected in line with pro­vi­sions of the party’s con­sti­tu­tion on fill­ing va­can­cies in the NWC.

“As the spokesper­son of the APC in the FCT, which is in the NorthCen­tral zone, I par­tic­i­pated fully in the North-Cen­tral con­ven­tion through which Mal­lam Ab­dul­lahi was elected as the sub­stan­tive na­tional pub­lic­ity sec­re­tary of the APC.

“The elec­tion had del­e­gates and key stake­hold­ers from the zone, in­clud­ing four state gov­er­nors, and was su­per­vised by rel­e­vant bod­ies sad­dled with such re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, in­clud­ing the In­de­pen­dent Na­tional Elec­toral Com­mis­sion (INEC).

“Mr Ig­bokwe has def­i­nitely stepped out of his bounds by is­su­ing such a reck­less state­ment at­tack­ing a highly-placed and rep­utable na­tional of­fi­cer of our party. He should re­tract this ob­nox­ious state­ment or face dis­ci­plinary ac­tions from the Party.

“Ig­bokwe’s pen­chant for in­sult­ing party lead­ers must stop. Our job as spokesper­sons for the state chap­ters of our great party re­quires tem­per­ance, mod­er­a­tion and deco­rous use of lan­guage,” he said.

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