APC wades in, to broker Peace between Senate and Ha­meed Ibrahim Ali

by on March 22, 2017

The National Work­ing Committee (NWC) of the rul­ing All Progressives Con­gress (APC) has disclosed that it will wade in, to broker peace between the Senate and the Control­ler General of Nigerian Customs Service, Col Ha­meed Ibrahim Ali (Rtd).

The Senate and the Customs boss have been engulfed in serious dis­agreement over the Ser­vice’s decision to impose an inspection order on used Nigerian cars, lead­ing to the Senates deci­sion to invite the Customs boss to appear before it wearing Customs uni­form, which Col Ali has never worn since he was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The disagreement got to the worse last week, when the Senate had to send the Customs boss back, when he appeared before it without uni­form, insisting that he must appear before it to­day on uniform, even as Col Ali has insisted that there is no law binding him to wear the customs uniform as the Control­ler General of the Ser­vices.

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But in a move to recon­cile the factions, the APC in a statement issued yesterday by its national Publicity Secretary, Mal­lam Bolaji Abdulahi stat­ed that it will intervene and settle the contro­versy amicably, stressing that the APC National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun will lead a dele­gation of the NWC peace mission to visit the lead­ership of the Senate and leading stakeholders of the APC to settle the rift.

“The All Progressives Congress (APC) has keenly observed the con­troversy that has trailed the invitation extend­ed to the Comptroller General of the Nigerian Customs Service, Col Hameed Ali (rtd) by the Senate.

“We have watched the issues with growing con­cern and the expecta­tions that they would be resolved in a manner that would be agreeable to all the parties involved.

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“However, we wish to state that at this point, we have found it neces­sary to intervene. Ac­cordingly, the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun will lead the party’s peace mis­sion to the Leadership of the National Assem­bly and the concerned party member. We are confident that the party’s effort to broker peace would resolve the mat­ter amicably,” the party stated.


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