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Kogi Governor Angers APC Leaders In The State

Yahaya Bello 5Kogi state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello may have overshot his bound and angered the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on which platform he is governing the state.

The leaders of the party, made up of members of the party in the National Assembly from the state, House of Assembly members, executive members in the state and prominent party leaders have set up a panel to probe the governor over the appointment of commissioners and other matters considered to be anti-party activities.

The party chieftains who held a crucial meeting in Abuja on Monday, set-up an 11-member Disciplinary Committee headed by Senator Dino Melaye, his erstwhile strong supporter, to review the various allegations leveled against the governor, and report back within seven days.

According to the resolution of the meeting, which was also attended by the APC Chairman in the state, Alhaji Haddy Ametuo, and read to journalists by Melaye, Bello allegedly made all the appointments without carrying the party along.

The Kogi APC leaders said: “Out of the 15 Commissioners he (Bello) appointed, PDP has 13 card-carrying members while APC has two. Out of the 105 members of the Caretaker Committee members for the 21 Local Government Councils, PDP has 72 while APC has 33.

“Out of the 28 people he appointed as Special Advisers and Senior Special Assistants, PDP has 24, APC has one, APGA has one, Labour has one, Accord has one.”

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The party said that it acted based on the Article 12 (8) of the APC constitution, to convey the meeting, where it agreed to set up the committee made up of members from the three senatorial districts of the state to invite the governor, for necessary questioning.

They said that their action became imperative following an alleged decision of the governor to rebuff all attempts to hold a meeting with the State Working Committee of the party since he was sworn-in as governor.

They threatened necessary disciplinary actions against the governor in accordance with the party constitution, in case he chose to disregard the party resolution.

Part of the resolution reads: “After much deliberations, the House noted that Governor Yahaya Bello has substantially, breached the provision of Article 21 of the constitution of the APC.

“The House, therefore, resolved to constitute a disciplinary committee of 11 members to invite Governor Yahaya Bello and give him the desired fair hearing.”

Members of the disciplinary committees are: Senator Dino Melaye (Chairman), Hon. S.T. Adejoh (Secretary), Senator Mohammed Ohiare, Senator Abubakar Abdulrahman, Senator Nicholas Ugbane, and Alhaji Haddy Ametuo, the APC Chairman in Kogi State.

Others are, Hon. Buba Jibril, Hajia Hajara Aliyu, Hon. Folasade Joseph, and Hon. Suleiman Ali. [myad]