Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, may have more huddles to cross after his victory at the Governorship Election Tribunal that upheld his election.
Members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the National Assembly from the state, House of Assembly members, executives of the party in the state and prominent party leaders from the state, held a crucial meeting in Abuja on Monday, accusing the governor of engaging in anti-party activities.
The meeting after deliberating for over three hours, set-up an 11 member Disciplinary Committee headed by Senator Dino Melaye, to look at various allegations leveled against the governor, and report back within seven days.
The APC elected officers and party executive also accused the governor, among other things, of appointing card-carrying members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state as commissioners, special advisers, and councils’ caretaker committee members.
The meeting, which was attended by the APC Chairman in the state, Alhaji Haddy Ametuo, in its resolution that was read to journalists by Melaye after the meeting, said Governor Bello allegedly made all the appointments without carrying the party along.
They Kogi APC leaders alleged that “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.”
According to the party leaders, its action is based on Article 12 (8) of the APC constitution and it has 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 also said their action became necessary after the Governor rebuffed all attempts to hold a meeting with the State Working Committee of the party since he was sworn-in as governor,
threatening to invoke all necessary disciplinary actions against the governor in accordance with the party constitution, in case he chooses to disregard the party resolution.
The resolution reads in part: “After much deliberations, the House noted that Governor Yahaya Bello, has substantially, breached the provision of Article 21of the constitution of the APC.
“The House, therefore resolved to constitute a disciplinary committee of 1 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”, the resolution stated.