APC moves to broker truce between Bello, Melaye

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By Titilope Fadare

OrderPaperToday – The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has begun plans to broker peace between the Governor of Kogi state and Senator Dino Melaye (APC, Kogi).

In this regard, the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party has set up a committee to act on recommendations of the Prince Tony Momoh-led fact-finding committee.

Recall that Governor Yahaya Bello has been at loggerheads with party leaders in the state, including Senator Dino Melaye.

The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Bolaji Abdullahi had earlier disclosed this move to OrderPaper.ng in an exclusive interview.

Submitting its report to the National Chairman, Mr. John Oyegun, the committee identified political appointments, among others, as reasons the crisis degenerated.

It was gathered the NWC, at its Tuesday meeting, deliberated on the report and decided to set up another panel to further explore avenues for reconciliation.

The six-member committee for this move is to be chaired by Idris Garba; with  Umar Kareto (Northeast), Rufai Garba (Northwest), Don Etiebet (South south), Paricia Etteh (Southwest) and Joseph Orji (Southeast), as members.

Momoh told the NWC: “What I am saying is that we recommended a win-win concession, unless the people decided to do what they want. APC’s national headquarters’ complicity, all these were areas we brokered and we discussed them comprehensively and made recommendations.

“We met the National Assembly caucus, led by Dino Melaye. We met the state Assembly, all members of the state Assembly and the Speaker. We met a state executive committee of the party; we met the Faleke group; we met the governor and his team. Actually, we met with the governor about three times because the bulk stops on his desk.

“Everybody accepts that Yes, he is our governor and chief executive of the state, but look at the problems. And we had many people coming to testify to what they’ve said the governor had done, and others who are supporters of the governor coming to testify about the good things he did.

“So, we concluded that the problem in Kogi State is the absence of communication, missed communication or even inadequate communication.”

 

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