From Suleiman Isah, Minna
The house of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Niger State is n o longer in peace as the second term ambition of Governor Sani Bello may have thrown the State chapter of the party into crisis.
The AUTHORITY gathered that the three senators and eleven House of Representative members from Niger State in the National Assembly have resolved to boycott the planned unity rally, which is being organised to endorse the second term of President Mohammed Buhari and the Niger state Governor Abubakar Sani Bello on Saturday 17 February 2018.
This might not be unconnected with the raging crisis within the Niger state chapter of All Progressive Congress APC which has created a division between the National Assembly members, the party and the state government.
The decision for the boycott, it was gathered came after an exhaustive meeting that took place in Abuja last week, where all the national Assembly members of the party were in attendance excepting the chairman of the senate committee on Judiciary and Human Right Senator David Umoru .
It was later gathered that the National Assembly members who took the decision described the motive behind the rally as not been people oriented
They described the planned rally as a clandestine move to arm-twist all elective members including the National and State Assembly members to endorsed president Mohammed Buhari for second term in office as undemocratic because the pulse of the people were not sort before arriving at the decision to organise the rally.
A very reliable source close to the lawmakers revealed that the Senator representing Niger North senatorial district, Senator Aliyu Abdullahi Sabi has been mandated by the party after the peace meeting in Abuja to liaise with other National Assembly members to get their consent on the proposed endorsement.
Senator Sabi was said to have met a brick wall when some of the lawmakers told the “peace Ambassador” that the idea of automatic tickets for all elected members in the state will not be a healthy one for the party.
According to the source close to the party in Minna, President Mohammadu Buhari is expected to attend the rally which will coincide with his visit to the state, and will formerly receive some defectors into the party.
The President will also be commissioning a 10 kilometer road started by the previous administration but completed by the APC administration.
The Niger State secretary of the party, Barrister Mohammed Liman, who confirmed the report, told reporters in Minna that the Abuja peace meeting was solely meant to only unite the aggrieved National Assembly members with the Governor, adding that the political differences between the Governor and the lawmakers informed the decision of the party to convene a reconciliation meeting in Abuja last week.