Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Benue APC crisis: Alia’s camp shuns NWC as deadline elapses


The interior disaster rocking the Benue State chapter of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has continued to worsen, with no sign of ending.

That is because the camp loyal to the state governor, Governor Hyacinth Alia has did not heed the directive from the Nationwide Working Committee, NWC, to withdraw all authorized actions initiated by celebration members inside the stipulated seven-day interval.

DAILY POST reviews that the management disaster has festered for the reason that inauguration of the brand new authorities led by Reverend Father Hyacinth Alia, with no obvious decision in sight.

The battle inside the Benue State APC deepened with Governor Alia’s reported strained relationship with the celebration’s state chief and present Secretary to the Authorities of the Federation, George Akume, resulting in a stark division amongst members.

Whereas the State Occasion Chairman, Austin Agada and a majority of the manager committee members proceed to pledge loyalty to Akume, a minority has sided with Governor Alia, additional fueling the interior strife.

The warfare worsened when Dan Onjeh, the APC senatorial candidate within the 2023 Benue South election and a staunch supporter of Governor Alia, filed a petition towards Agada earlier than the APC nationwide management.

Onjeh accused Agada of undermining the celebration’s pursuits throughout the earlier election.

In response, the previous Ward Chairman of Ehaje 1, Owukpa, who now serves as a Supervisory Councillor with Ogbadibo LGA, introduced Agada’s suspension.

Nevertheless, the nationwide physique swiftly nullified the suspension.

Subsequently, Benjamin Omakolo, the State Welfare Secretary, was purportedly appointed because the appearing chairman of the celebration within the state.

But, the celebration’s disciplinary committee in Apa LGA later suspended Omakolo over allegations of fund misappropriation, gross insubordination and protracted failure to pay celebration dues.

The faction aligned with the governor secured a court docket order from the State Excessive Court docket in Makurdi, restraining Agada from functioning because the celebration chairman.

Nevertheless, a ruling by the Benue State Excessive Court docket, led by the Chief Decide, Justice Maurice Ikpambese, reinstated Agada because the celebration chairman, citing authorized timelines.

Justice Ikpambese famous that in keeping with Order 39, Rule 3 of the Benue State Excessive Court docket Process Guidelines, 2023, the interim order’s seven-day lifespan had lapsed since its issuance on February 2, 2024.

This authorized back-and-forth has plunged the Benue State APC right into a protracted authorized battle, prompting the nationwide APC to challenge a one-week ultimatum for members to stop their inner conflicts and withdraw all ongoing court docket circumstances.

In a decision signed by the Nationwide Secretary, Senator Surajudeen Ajibola Basiru, the APC threatened to droop or expel members failing to conform.

The NWC ordered the embattled state chairman, Austin Agada, and the governor to make sure full adherence.

Regardless of this directive, our reporter noticed that the faction loyal to Governor Alia has but to withdraw the case from court docket.

The truth is, the faction loyal to the governor has inaugurated a parallel government to steer the celebration.

This was evident in a current assertion by Dan Onjeh, a loyalist to the governor, who criticised the celebration’s nationwide Chairman, Abdullahi Ganduje, and the NWC for his or her stance on the Benue celebration disaster.

Onjeh’s letter cited the NWC’s failure to deal with his petition, branding it as siding with injustice inside the Benue State APC.

He demanded that the NWC both adhere to the celebration’s structure or resign inside seven days, asserting the rights of progressive APC members within the state.

“Let me state categorically that so long as the NWC fails to abide by the celebration structure, we, the progressive members of the APC in Benue State, shall not abide by its directives. We will not withdraw any case in court docket as we can’t be gagged into silence nor be cowed into submitting our necks to the slaughter slaps of injustice.

“Ubi jus ubi remedium is a Latin authorized maxim that interprets to ‘the place there’s a proper, there’s a treatment.’ It encapsulates the precept that when a authorized proper is violated, the legislation offers a corresponding treatment or reduction to the aggrieved celebration,” Onjeh acknowledged.

Nevertheless, when contacted by DAILY POST, Agada acknowledged that he had instructed all events who took the celebration to court docket to withdraw their circumstances in deference to the nationwide physique’s directive.

He expressed shock on the defiance of some governor’s loyalists towards the NWC order.

“I’m not in court docket towards anyone; in actual fact, they had been those that initiated authorized motion towards us,” Agada stated.

“Nonetheless, I’ve issued a round mandating the withdrawal of all court docket circumstances following the nationwide physique’s directive.

“We search peace inside the celebration, but some are reluctant to embrace this path.

“There is no such thing as a query about who’s the APC chairman in Benue; I stay the one chairman of the celebration. There is no such thing as a faction anyplace,” he stated.

In the meantime, amid the impasse, Governor Alia has reiterated his allegiance to the NWC.

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