From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
The Niger state chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has refuted claims by a group that it has passed a vote of no confidence on the three executives, saying it is null and void due to lack of due process and not following the constitutional provision of the party required for removal of officers.
This is contained in a statement issued by the State Publicity Secretary of APC, Alhaji Idris Abini, saying “the State Chairman, Engr. Mohammed Jibril Iman, the State Treasurer, Dr. Shafii Abdulsalam and the State Secretary, Barr. Mohammed A. Liman, remain the All Progressives Congress (APC) executives in Niger State”.
According to him, “the self acclaimed APC Niger State P.R.O, messrs “His Youthfulness Hassan Wakili Idris”, we did not want to join issues with him but on second thought, we deem it necessary to put the record straight and clear some APC constitutional misconceptions exhibited by the said self-styled APC P.R.O. so that innocent party faithful will not be misled”.
He said that the facebook writeup by one Hassan Wakili Idris claimed that in the presence of the Governor of Niger State Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello and other alleged Caucus members, the decision to adopt the vote of no confidence passed on the State Chairman and others.
“That the Governor whom we know is well knowledgeable about the APC party constitution would not be a party to any illegality of this sort and deep knowledge on the powers of every organ of the party as enshrined in the party constitution” he stated.
“Article 12.9 of the APC constitution makes provision for membership of State caucus and from the list of those the attendees of the meeting referred to as caucus by Hassan Wakili Idris, it is clear that some of the said attendees are not members of State Caucus. Example of such people that fall under this category include, the State P.R.O, which Hassan Wakili Idris claimed to be; the State Welfare Secretary and all State officers whose portfolio are in assisting capacities”.
Abini added, “It is also on record that those who by virtue of article 12.9 of the party’s constitution are members of the state caucus were clearly excluded from the meeting.
He further said that “Article 12.9, of the Party constitution which touched on the composition of the State Caucus, the function of the state caucus is not stated in the party Constitution and therefore the alleged approval of or endorsement of the alleged vote of no confidence on the party chairman and his colleagues is not an issue that the state caucus is clothed with requisite competence to decide upon or entertain in its meetings.
Meanwhile, “Hassan Wakili Idris, the question one may ask is, who is Hassan Wakili Idris? How did he become the Niger State APC P.R.O? what happen to the “former” P.R.O of the party, Alh. Idris Abini?
“Hassan Wakili Idris is a native of Gabas Kudu ward in Lapai, Lapai Local Government Area. He is a member of APC but currently a serving civil servant, as he is an accounting officer with the Niger State ministry of finance. He may wish to defend his new position as the state P.R.O of APC by quoting any relevant article from the party’s constitution that allows for a civil servant to hold an Executive position in the party at the same time” it said.
“Idris A. Abini was nominated/elected at the State Congress of 2018 which was witnessed by INEC.
Since assumption of office as the State P.R.O of APC sometimes in 2018, Idris A. Abini has been discharging his constitutional duties as the State P.R.O without complaint from his ward, Local Government or State office of the party. What then made him a replacement for a sitting State P.R.O who has never been accused or tried for any official misconduct and or relieved of his office?
Article 20(a) of the party’s Constitution provides that; “ it is a flagrant violation of the party’s constitution to catapult an individual from no where to occupy party position when no National Convention or State Congress have taken place. There is no provision for transfer of service from public service to party administrative position as it will be an aberration and indeed a travesty of our great party’s constitution.
“We have strong belief that His Excellency, the Governor who is a man of justice and indeed respected members of the party, will not sit down and fold arms and allow impunity and illegality to be the whole mark of APC in Niger State and would stand firm against wishy-washy sentimentalism coming from enemies of stability, progress and peaceful cohesion of our great party.
He than appealed that “our amiable party members should remain calm even on the face of vulgar language, palpable lies and unsubstantiated allegations against most committed officials of the party so as to cause crises in order to pave way for their pay masters to hijack the party before 2023 elections”, he concluded.