Benue APC chair faces panel over anti-party

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Has­san Ibrahim, Lafia

The APC chair­man in Benue State, Abba Yaro, yes­ter­day ap­peared be­fore the North Cen­tral Zone Fact Find­ing Panel, over sundry al­le­ga­tions.

Yaro, who was at the APC Cen­tral Zonal Of­fice, in Lafia, which was the venue of hear­ing, went there with all the 23 lo­cal govern­ment chair­man of the party in Benue and other party stal­warts.

The party lead­er­ship in the zone had last week setup a five-man fact find­ing com­mit­tee, headed by Bar­ris­ter Muhammed Li­man, from Niger State, to in­ves­ti­gate al­le­ga­tions of anti-party ac­tiv­i­ties, fi­nan­cial reck­less­ness, high hand­ed­ness and ar­bi­trary ex­pul­sions of party mem­bers among oth­ers lev­eled against Yaro.

Yaro told the panel that he was not aware of the pe­ti­tion, and claimed that the pe­ti­tion­ers did not serve him with a copy.

He there­fore asked the com­mit­tee to give him and his lawyers one week to study the con­tent of the al­le­ga­tions.

In his re­sponse, chair­man of the panel, Bar­ris­ter Muhammed Li­man, granted the plea and gave Yaro five days to file his de­fense. “In the spirit of the con­sti­tu­tion of our party, the com­mit­tee has given you up to Mon­day, 14 Au­gust to file your de­fense,” he said.

Ear­lier, one the pe­ti­tion­ers, John­son Agada, told the panel that Yaro was re­spon­si­ble for the in­abil­ity of the party to field can­di­date for Ado/Og­badibo/ Okpokwu Fed­eral Con­stituency, a de­vel­op­ment that paved way for the PDP can­di­date, who hap­pened to be a re­la­tion to the em­bat­tled chair­man, to win in 2015.

Agada also ten­dered a Fed­eral High Court judge­ment rul­ing that or­dered Yaro to re­turn N2.4 mil­lion party nom­i­na­tion form fees and pay N1 mil­lion dam­ages to the APC can­di­date for not pre­sent­ing his name to INEC.

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