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Kogi crisis: APC overrules Momoh’s reports, set up another committee

 

By Bode Olagoke

Abuja

The crisis rocking the Kogi state chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) may have taken another dimension even as the National Working Committee (NWC) has jettisoned the recommendations of Chief Tony Momoh led committee earlier set up to resolve the crisis.

 

Recall that the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello and the state executive of the party, including some Senators and other stakeholders have been on war path over the control of the party.

 

A reconciliation committee set up by the APC national chairman to resolve the crisis had, however, while submitting its reports blamed the National Working Committee (NWC) and skewed political appointments among others as reasons why the crisis degenerated.

 

Blueprint gathered Wednesday that the National Working Committee, at its last meeting on Tuesday to deliberate on the report of the Tony Momoh-led fact-finding committee decided to set up another panel to further explore avenues for reconciliation in the simmering conflict in its Kogi State chapter.

 

The six members of the committee as gathered include, Idris Garba (Chairman), Umar Kareto (north east), Rufai Garba (north west), Don Etiebet (south-south), Paricia Etteh (south west) and Joseph Orji (south-east).

 

According to the 300 pages of materials for documentation submitted to Chief Oyegun-led NWC, Momoh recommended a win-win for the aggrieved parties in Kogi State APC.

 

“What I am saying is that we had recommended win-win concessions unless people had made up their minds to do what they want to do,” Momoh said.

 

He also said: “APC national headquarters’ complicity, all these were areas we broke all the issues into and we discussed them comprehensively and made the recommendations.

 

“We met the National Assembly caucus led by Dino Melaye, we met the state assembly, all the members of 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 for about three times because the bulk really stops on the governor’s desk.

 

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

 

“So, we came to the conclusion that the problem in Kogi State is absence of communication, missed communication or even inadequate communication and there was total breakdown of communication.”

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