In continuation of our report of excerpts from the interview of Hon. Babangida Ibrahim Mahuta also known as ‘Talau’ by Dailytrust, below is what he said about his suspension by the APC in the state.
Then the Dailytrust reporter asked him about why he was suspended, he said:
“What happened was that we had a zonal interactive session with the party leadership. We all agreed that we should tell ourselves the truth. Somebody raised an issue that the governor should try as much as possible to assist the party officials. A vice chairman from Funtua zone said the governor has done everything for them.
I drew the attention of the gathering to say that the governor assisted one out of 26 local government excos or ward chairmen and should pay attention to the remaining. That statement was what some people said I was challenging the governor. It was just two people. They then called the local government excos and the ward chairmen that they should suspend me.
Where does the APC constitution allow somebody to hold official party meeting at a private residence? As far as I’m concerned, the suspension was null and void. Nobody gave me any letter or contacted me. We gathered not less than 17 signatures in each out of the 26 wards in a protest letter. They then went down to the wards to suspend those that signed the protest letter. How can you build a party structure on the basis of discretion? It doesn’t work.
So, the major challenge is that the people around the governor are misinforming him. They are giving him wrong information; they’re mischievous. They want to make sure that the governor and I are not in good terms, because we’re from the same constituency. The governor should at any point in time investigate any information he receives from anybody.
Again, when he was asked if there are efforts for reconciliation, he replied in affirmative. He said: “We sat several times with about eight members on my issue. We resolved it, but any time we sat with the governor, some people would go behind and start bringing issues. They would make sure that whatever we resolved didn’t work. The governor is my elder brother, and based on my upbringing, I respect my elders. If I meet with the governor, I give him all the respect. If you ask him what the problem with me was, he’ll tell you he doesn’t have any. So, where is the problem coming from? We’re in the same party and we’re supposed to use our positions to bring development to our various constituencies.”