APC Panel Summons Bello Over Anti-party Activities
Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello, has been summoned by a a panel set up by the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state, to appear before it next Monday to explain the allegation of his involvement in anti-party activities.
In the letter by its Chairman, Senator Dino Melaye and its Secretary, Mr. S.T. Adejo, APC said Bello was invited to appear before the meeting in relation to allegations of anti-party activities which has had brought huge embarrassment to the party.
According to the Vanguard, the panel accused the governor of creating parallel party organs, sowing seeds of discord, flouting court orders and also using soldiers to invade the state house of assembly complex, amongst others.
The letter read in part,:
“Pursuant to series of reports received from various Local Government Areas in Kogi State, the party in the exercise of her power as contained in Article 13.7 (v) of the Party’s Constitution, the State Executive Committee under the auspices of the State Party Chairman, summoned a meeting of the State Executive Committee of the party, to consider reports from Local Government Area Chapters, and take such decisions that are necessary to protect, advance and consolidate the gains and interest of the party within the state, resolved to invite you to explain before a fact-finding disciplinary committee on the following allegations, pursuant to Article 21 of the Party Constitution.”
However, the state commissioner for information, culture and tourism, Awwal Imam, in a statement on behalf of the governor, claimed that Melaye, a Senator, was instigating the probe because the governor refused to allow him choose local government caretakers.
“Melaye’s grudges started when he (Melaiye) asked the governor to allow him produce all local government caretakers from the district, which the governor refused. This action of the APC stakeholders in Abuja is never a surprise to us because their interest is how they will corner all the political appointments to themselves without considering the interest of other members of the party.”
Meanwhile, the Federal High Court in Abuja, on Thursday ruled that factions of the Kogi House of Assembly should not conduct legislative duties until the determination of an application challenging the judgment that voided the impeachment of the Speaker and others.
Justice Nnamdi Dimgba gave the order following complaints by counsel to the reinstated lawmakers, Emeka Etiaba, SAN, who told the court that his clients had not been allowed access into the House, despite the judgment that was delivered in their favour on May 19.
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