The Kogi State chapter of All Progressives Congress has denied reports that Governor Yahaya Bello reached a truce with the party’s National Chairman, Abdullahi Ganduje, conceding the positions of some newly appointed national officers.
The state party’s chairman, Alhaji Abdullahi Bello, who made the rebuttal in a statement in Lokoja on Friday, said the report was a “falsehood being circulated by enemies of our party,” reports News Agency of Nigeria.
The Kogi APC had objected to the appointment of Duro Meseko as the party’s Deputy National Publicity Secretary and Ikani Shuaibu Okolo as the new Zonal Organising Secretary, North-Central Zone.
The PUNCH reports that the nomination of Meseko at the expense of Bello’s anointed candidate and ex-Special Adviser on Water Resources, Yahaya Ismail, irked the governor and he stormed the national headquarters of the party along with some loyalists on Thursday to stop the inauguration of the officers.
The Kogi APC added, “The purported compromise being circulated by enemies of the APC in Kogi to the effect that the governor had been told to produce the zonal organising secretary and concede the deputy national publicity secretary is false.
“There is no iota of truth in that report. We know the people behind such misinformation and falsehood but we remain committed to the position of the National Chairman of the party and we know all of us will ensure that the constitution of the party is protected and preserved.
“Nothing was discussed about concessions because it will be a violation of the constitution of our party and due process for which our party is known.
“Governor Yahaya Bello is a loyal party man, who will only accept what is constitutional. He has great respect for the President and the leadership of the party, ” he said.
He went on to reveal that the matter of the party was almost resolved as all parties had agreed to honour the constitution of the party.
“Our governor is only acting on behalf of hundreds of thousands of the APC members in Kogi and has nothing personal against any individual.”