Barely few weeks to the elections slated for this year, the crisis bedeviling the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger State has taken a new dimension with the setting up of a committee to investigate a chieftain of the party and member of its Board of Trustees (BOT), Alhaji Abubakar Magaji.
Magaji, one of the founding members of the party in the state, believed to be a leading political figure in the Niger-South senatorial zone, was ordered to be investigated over anti-party activities and other issues yesterday (Thursday).
Secretary of the party in Niger State, Alhaji Mohammed Limam, who signed the press statement made available to newsmen in Minna, said the decision was the outcome of the State Working Committee (SEC) meeting, which met the previous.
Magaji, according to the statement, was being investigated because he reportedly made derogatory statements about Governor Abubakar Sani Bello at a meeting chaired by the governor on Monday.
“At the State Working Committee meeting of the party held on 16th January, 2019,the derogatory statement “who is party” made by Alhaji Abubakar Magaji (Ndaji Lapai) at a party meeting chaired by the leader of the party in Niger State, His Excellency Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello on 14th January 2019 were deliberated upon”, the statement said.
“This derogatory statement in the view of the party (APC) was embarrassing and has brought it to hatred, contempt, ridicule and disrepute, which offends Article 21(A)(ii) of the party’s constitution 2014 (as amended)”.
According to the statement, “The state Working Committee, therefore, has set up or constituted a five-man disciplinary committee vested with the responsibility of investigating the matter and recommend appropriate sanctions.”
Luman, however, did not mention the names of disciplinary committee members or how long it was given to complete the assignment, while efforts to reach Magaji proved abortive as all his cell phones were switched off as at the time of filing this report.