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APC admits it handled budget saga poorly



The deputy national Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Segun Oni, has apologised on behalf of the party leadership for its failure to nip in the bud the face-off between Speaker Yakubu Dogara and Jibrin Abdulmumin.

Jibrin Abdulmumin, Chairman House of Representatives Appropriation Committee, had accused Speaker Dogara and some House members must of them, APC members of involving in corruption.

But Oni, speaking during a session on the proposals for amendments to the Electoral Act organised by the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF), apologised on behalf of the party leadership for the lapses in handling the intra-party feuds and promised that steps were being taken to ensure frequent interface with its lawmakers.

Oni said, “There are things the party should do and there are positions the party should take to make things right. I personally, and in my personal opinion, think we were being too conscious, we always want to be right, to take the right position.

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“But I think that what we should do as a party, most of the time, is to take a firm position even if some people consider it a mistake. But if it is a firm position, that is our position.

“I think we should be doing more of that and if we are doing more of that, we will be able to correct a few things, because as we are trying to ensure that everybody is happy and satisfied, virtually nobody is happy at the end of the day. So I think we have to change that style.

“On the National Assembly crisis, we are looking at it, and like I said, once we agree we would debate and take a firm position and that will be our position.”

The Katsina state governor, Aminu Bello Masari, who was the co-chairman of the PGF legislative programme, collaborating with Oni, advised the APC National Working Committee (NWC) led by Chief John Oyegun, to be proactive and do the right thing at the right time to resolve some of the crises facing the party.

By Ebere Ndukwu …


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