Nasarawa Assembly Crisis: APC Chairman Says: ‘We Suspended Hon. Kassim Under Duress’

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Chairman of  the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Moroa/Anjida ward,  Akwanga Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, Aboki Waziri, has accused  the local government chairman, Mr. Micah Magaji and the Secretary, Suleiman Maiyaki, of coercing him to sign a letter and also to read a statement which effected the suspension of Hon. Kassim Mohammed Kassim, member representing Akwanga South at the Nasarawa state House of Assembly.

The statement, which was issued on Tuesday,  accused Kasim of indiscipline and misconduct at the Assembly chamber while condemning the appointment of sole administrators for local governments in the State.

The action took place on Monday during the plenary session.

The party chairman, who addressed  the press in Akwanga in the presence of other ward officials and party stakeholders, claimed that he was misled into signing the letter which the local government party chairman said was based on the directive of the governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura.

Waziri, who spoke soberly, said: “The letter I read and signed  was not written by me, neither did I participate in the drafting, but  I was threatened to sign it under duress and under the close marking of the APC Chairman and secretary of Akwanga.”

“I was told that the directive was from the executive Governor and that if I want to safe my position and be in the scheme of things I should sign.”

Waziri then apologized to Hon. Kassim, members of his ward and the entire people of Akwanga South constituency for his action which he said was not “intentional”.

“I regret my action and I strongly  apologize on the statement I earlier issued and hereby disassociate myself from the  statement.”

The ward secretary, Habila Mamman, who also spoke, explained that he was approached  to sign and endorse the suspension letter but declined, surprisingly his signature was forged by the local government officials.

“I was approached with the document to sign, I was categorically told that it was on the directive of the governor but I refused, surprisingly I later saw my name with a forged signature.”

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