With the protracted crisis rocking the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in Niger state, two groups; one led by the embattled chairman, Engineer Mohammed Jibrin Imam and the other by Alhaji Aliyu Saidu, who has been sworn-in on an acting capacity yesterday are now laying claims to the leadership of the party in the state.
While the group led by the embattled chairman, Engineer Mohammed Jibrin Imam, accused of financial misappropriation is fighting to remain in control, some members after an emergency meeting passed a vote of no confidence on the state Chairman, the Secretary, Barrister Mohammed Liman and Treasurer Alhaji Shafi’i Abdulrahman over alleged financial misappropriation.
State APC Secretary, Barrister Mohammad Liman had in a statement to alleged removal of Party State Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer and instituting a new leadership said, the Engineer Imam led APC leadership in Niger state remained intact.
“We remain intact as APC officials in Niger State”, the party Secretary Mohammed Liman in a statement made available to newsmen said over alleged removal of the three officials, describing the claims as illegal because, “It is unknown to the party constitution and therefore null and void”.
Liman in clarification following alleged ‘illegal meeting’ held at the APC state secretariat on Thursday described the said, ‘the meeting by some persons who have no mandate for calling for a state meeting in the first place’.
“Our removal is null and void because a case was filed on same issue at High Court, Bida by one Suleiman Abdullahi (State Assistant Youth Leader) and another against the said three officials who has gone ahead and constituted himself as the Acting Secretary having taken laws into his hands”.
Barrister Liman who cautioned those arrogating powers to themselves to exercise restraints because doing so would amount to trying the impossible said, “The state party executives remained intact, unshakable and nothing has changed urging those arrogating powers to themselves to restrain from indulging in such illegality”.
The party chairman will in due course address all party members in the state, adding that by the virtue of Article 21 D (v) at page 86 of the APC Constitution, the said Suleiman Abdullahi has been expelled from the party having filled a suit against the party and its officials without exhausting all internal avenues for redress.
“An expelled APC member cannot hold any party position during the period of expulsion”, the Secretary said, adding that ‘the case was heard today Thursday and adjourned for further hearing next week Friday 10/7/2020’.