APC Leadership Finally Breaks Silence, Drop A Major Bombshell, Reveals Why They Kept Mute Over The Missing $25 Billion From NNPC

APC Leadership Finally Breaks Silence, Over The Missing $25 Billion From NNPC APC Leadership Finally Breaks Silence, Drop A Major Bombshell, Reveals Why They Kept Mute Over The Missing $25 Billion From NNPC.

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The All Progressives Congress, APC, has revealed why the party refused to comment on the face-off between the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Ibe Kachikwu, and the Group Managing Director, GMD, of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, Maikanti Baru.

 

Recall, that Kachikwu and Baru have been engaged in a war of words, over the process for the award of contracts totaling $25 billion.

 

However, some members of the party’s National Working Committee, NWC, who spoke on condition of anonymity, explained that they could not go public with their views on the matter, for fear of possible backlash from the Presidency.

 

A party source said as Leaders, they were treading softly so as not to be on the wrong side of the President.

 

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He stated: “Yes, we are Leaders at the level of the party, but as party Leaders under this dispensation, we are fully aware of our limitations.

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“I dare say no one among us would want to be seen as confronting the President on an issue that is purely within his domain.

 

“Both Kachikwu and Baru are his appointees; he has the power to deal with them as he deems fit, the party had no input into their appointments.

 

“We cannot be telling him how to handle members of his staff, because he is the substantive Minister of Petroleum, and the people you are talking about work directly under him.”

 

Another party Leader of Northern extraction likened what is happening at the NNPC to a civil war.

He said: “Civil wars are more difficult to handle. I consider what is happening between the junior Minister and the NNPC boss as a civil war. It would have been a different matter, if one of them is a member of the party and the other is not.

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“There is no way one can say something now, and it would not appear as if one is taking sides. The only problem most of us have with this whole affair is the damage it is likely to do to the party in the eyes of the public.

 

“Even though Baru’s response has clarified a lot of the misgivings, a lot of people still think a matter of corruption is being swept under the carpet; which is not true.

 

“At the same time, I sympathise with Dr. Kachikwu; he might have been forced to go public after attempts to get through to his immediate boss were scuttled by you know who.”

 

Elsewhere, a party Leader from the South, who also spoke on the issue, said: “We must allow Mr. President perform his duties. He appointed these people, and knows what he expects from them. Imagine if any of us said anything about the (alleged) scandal our former colleague, Babachir Lawal, got himself involved in.

 

“The only thing we can do is to join the queue of people waiting for the President to take a decision. If he decides to consult the party for advice, we will certainly give one; until then, we must wait.”

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