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How Buhari Forced Benue APC To Rescind Suspension Of Waku, Jime, 10 others

Posted: Jun 30, 2015 at 3:25 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Tor Vande-Acka, Makurdi

President Muhammadu Buhari may have saved the Benue State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from a threatening crisis, as his intervention, it was gathered, may have has forced the party to rescinded the suspension of Senator J.K.N. Waku, Emmanuel Jime and 10 others.

The state chapter of the APC had suspended Waku, Jime and 1o others for dragging the party to court over the emergence of Samuel Ortom as the governorship candidate of the party.

Daily Independent gathered that in a bid to settle the rift between Ortom and Jime, the presidency summoned them to a meeting. It was further gathered that, Jime had snubbed Ortom at the meeting, which had in attendance, Ortom and the immediate past governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi, among others.

Our source who attended the meeting said that as President Buhari was about to broker the meeting, Jime asked if the president was aware that the state chapter of the party had suspended him.

He said Buhari was surprised and piqued by the information “ordered” that the party in the state rescinds the action immediately.

It was gathered that, following the directive the state chapter of the party lifted the suspension placed on Jime and 11 others as a move to placate Jime.

However, the lifting of the suspension was only a step to getting Jime, who vowed to go on with the case, to withdraw it from court.

It was also learnt that as a result of that directive, the APC state chairman, Comrade Abba Yaro, and Secretary, Ayem Atsem, jointly issued a statement lifting the suspensions earlier placed on the 12 members of the party.

In the statement, the party noted that the lifting of the suspension was as a result of the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari through the former Senate Minority Leader, Senator George Akume, and Governor Samuel Ortom.

The statement read in part: “It is therefore resolved that suspension of Waku, Jime and other (10) members of the party who dragged the party to court is automatically lifted.”