The Bauchi State executive of the All Progressives Congress on Wednesday appeared before the National Working Committee of the ruling party.
This visit was less than one week after members of the National Assembly and leaders of the Bauchi APC reported Governor Mohammed Abubakar to the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, on the developments in the state.
While addressing journalists after the meeting, the Bauchi State Chairman of the APC, Uba Ahmed Nana, dismissed the complaints made against the state governor by some leaders of the party.
The leaders, who complained to Odigie-Oyegun on Friday, were led by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara.
The Speaker was accompanied by members of the Senate and the House of Representatives; Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu; and some leaders of the APC in the state.
Their grievances, it was learnt, bordered on nonpayment of workers’ salaries, non-utilisation of bailouts from the Federal Government, among others.
Nana, who attended the meeting with the NWC in company with other members of the State Working Committee and the local government chairmen, however, said the APC in Bauchi remained “one united family.”
He criticised the Dogara-led delegation for taking the issues out of the state, saying they could be resolved within the state chapter of the party.
Nana said, “If there is any APC loyal member who is having a problem, I think it will be better to sit at home and find out what the problem is; rubbing minds and sharing thoughts. I think this is the best way to resolve any issue.”
He also dismissed the claim that Dogara and other APC leaders in the state were not being recognised by the executive based on their ranking in the party.
Nana said, “I disagree. The APC in Bauchi State is not in a fight with anybody. The party is to protect the integrity of every member, whether the person is holding an office or not. The Speaker is the Number Four person in the country. Even a councillor at the local government level deserves a degree of respect and he must be accorded as such.
“It is not true (that Dogara is not recognised) and the party will not allow it to happen.”
The Bauchi APC chairman pointed out that nonpayment of salaries was not peculiar to the state alone, as most of the states in the country could no longer pay their workers regularly anymore.
Meanwhile, as the meeting was ongoing behind closed doors, scores of youths stormed the gate of the national secretariat of the APC to stage conflicting protests on the governor.
While a group backed Abubakar, the other group protested against him.
The placard-carrying protesters, who besieged the entrance of the building at about 3:30pm, tore each other’s placards and engaged themselves in a free-for-all before security operatives at the premises restored peace.
In a dramatic twist, the two opposing sides were reconciled by the Islamic prayer at 4pm, after which they continued with their protests.
The protesting youths did not leave the gate of the secretariat until the Bauchi APC executive left the premises at about 7pm.