APC MEMBERS GRUMBLING OVER APPOINTMENTS – NGIGE COMMITTEE

APC members grumbling over appointments — C’ttee

The Fact-Finding and Reconciliation Committee of the APC sent to Bauchi State has recommended that the national leadership should remember members who are grumbling over appointments at state and federal levels.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, who led the committee, yesterday, gave an insight into the way and manner the Bauchi State fact-finding and reconciliation committee of the party carried out the assignment.

Ngige spoke when he submitted the report of the six-member committee to the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling APC.

He said the committee, which recommended a two step-approach, believed that the issue in Bauchi APC could be resolved if they recognised the two warring parties led by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and Governor Mohammed Abubakar.

Ngige said the committee believed that a real and significant step towards total reconciliation for their supporters was the need for Dogara and Governor Abubakar to sit together and resolve their differences.

He said the committee, which suggested that a member of the committee met all party members to restore confidence, also recommended that there should be a rally at the state’s township stadium, which should be attended by Governor Abubakar, Speaker Dogara and other well-meaning party members.

Ngige said the committee found out that Dogara and some members of in the National Assembly were on one side of the divide, while the majority, including the governor, his commissioners and members of the State House of Assembly, were on the other side. He said they had met with all the warring parties.

Among the contentious issues mentioned by the warring factions included the complaint by the Dogara group that the governor did not support his emergence as speaker, unpaid salaries and improper utilisation of the Paris Club refund.

In his response, Oyegun thanked the committee for discharging the task and promised that the NWC would work expeditiously to take further action on the report.

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