The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege was absent on Thursday as the All Progressives Congress (APC) national membership registration and revalidation committee arbitrated in the leadership crisis that has stalled the registration exercise in the state.
GWG had reported that upon complaints by the minister of state for labour, Festus Keyamo that the two LGA coordinators to supervise the process were mainly being appointed from the camp of Omo-Agege that Abuja gave an order for the suspension of the exercise.
Besides Keyamo, Chief Great Ogboru and a few others had complained about the process. However, a number of serving and former federal and state legislators belonging to the party had given unqualified approval to Omo-Agege as leader of the party in the state.
Thursday’s meeting was to decide and resolve on the issues.
Following the meeting at the Abuja national secretariat of the party, Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger, who is the committee’s chairman, called on the stakeholders to be united.
“Everyone is a leader in his own right; when you say leader, everyone is a leader,” he said.
Bello said the committee was determined to ensure a hitch-free membership registration and revalidation exercise despite some complaints especially on materials.
“I assure you that more materials would be provided for the local government areas or units which need more, as nobody would be left out in the exercise,” he said.
The Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, Mr Fetus Keyamo, said that he was concerned about equity for all party members in the state.
“All we are fighting for is equity and justice for all and not advantage to anybody even me as a minister.
“It was my complaint that ignited this process but we are all brothers and united,” he said.
He added that those who attended the meeting critically reviewed the party’s problems in the state and were happy with its outcome.
No reason was immediately available as to why Omo-Agege was absent at the meeting.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was attended by the APC candidate for the 2019 gubernatorial election, Chief Great Ogboru.
Others were former governorship aspirant Chief Otega Emethor, former House of Representatives member, Halim Agoda and the state party chairman, Mr Jones Erue were at the meeting.