The crisis rocking the Niger state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) took a new turn on Thursday as a meeting of 22 APC local government Chairmen sacked the Chairman, Engineer Jubril Imam and two other officers.
The meeting which was held in Haske hotel had over 85 per cent of the members of the State Executive Committee of APC including 22 out of 25 APC local government chairmen, 25 secretaries and 27 out of the 33 members of the executive committee.
The two others removed include the Secretary of the party, Barrister Mohammed Liman and the Treasurer, Dr Shafi Abdulsalami
The meeting was presided by the State Deputy Chairman, Alhaji Ali Kapenter where decision to replace the Niger state Chairman with Alhaji Aliyu Saidu Galkogo was taken. Assistant State Youth leader, Sulaiman Abdullahi replaced Alhaji Mohammed Liman as Secretary while the Treasurer, Dr Shafi Abdusalami was replaced by Saidu Madaki from the Wushishi local government area of the party.
However, the Chairman, Engineer Jibrin Imam in a swift reaction described those that took the action as “jokers” saying that “they have no legal right to take such action”.
It would be recalled that the Niger state APC has been bedeviled with crisis for more than a month with some members accusing the Chairman, the secretary and Treasurer of financial misappropriation, abuse of office and inability to account for over N872 million generated in the past between 2014 to 2019.
The crisis got to the extent that the Chairman was detained by the Police over the accusation but was released on bail.
However, in a swift reaction, the APC Chairman, Engineer Jubrin Imam in a phone call described the meeting as a kangaroo meeting describing those as the meeting as ‘Jokers’.
“The meeting was illegal, they do not have any constitutional right to summon such a meeting, I am the person allowed by law to call any meeting.
“Nobody presented any allegation before me nor was I invited to face any panel. The meeting is a kangaroo meeting because they did not exhaust all avenues provided by the party constitution, aside from this, the case they are talking about is still in court, they have only taken the laws into their hands
“I am still the Chairman, the Secretary is still the Secretary and the Treasurer is still the treasurer, nobody has removed us. We are still in the office.”