APC denies taking sides in House budget feud

Aanya Igomu

Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress, APC says it is not taking any sides in the feud between its members in the House of Representatives.
The party’s National Vice Chairman, North, Senator Lawal Shuaibu stated this at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja.
It would be recalled that about a week ago, the former chairman of the Appropriation Committee in the House of Representatives, Abdulmumin Jibrin, alleged that the House leaders forced him to insert constituency projects worth about N40 billion illegally in the budget.
Mr. Jibrin specifically named Speaker Yakubu Dogora, his deputy, Yussuf Suleimon Lasun, chief whip, Alhassan Ado Doguwa and minority leader, Leo Ogor as those who influenced the action, an allegation the quartet have since denied.
The APC’s National Working Committee invited Mr.Jibrin to the party’s National Secretariat where they had a closed meeting with him.
While speaking to journalists after the meeting, Senator Shuaibu said the party was only playing the role of an umpire to settle the feud.
“When certain things go off course, the party needs to call its members to know how best to unite any feuding members and that is exactly what we did.
What we did actually was that we heard from him. We have heard earlier from the Speaker but because it was not in the newspapers, like you just went and published; nobody knew we held a meeting with the speaker. 
I want to say what we discussed to get a better brief because we have to be carried along. They are our members, we should know from them directly what is really going on so that we can see how we can handle the situation without necessary making it a town square dance.
We are discussing with them and it is an ongoing consultation, we are not done with them, we sat with the speaker, we just finished sitting with him and we would continue to sit with him,” Shuaibu explained.
On his part, Mr. Abdulmumin Jibrin, said he was open to further discussions with the party: “I’m here on the invitation of our great party, the APC we discussed extensively on the crisis in the House of Representatives. We will continue to discuss and engage ourselves. I will continue to honour the invitation of our party and I am sure that whatever it is we decide you will know in the due course.”