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Plateau State APC Chairman affirms “restoration of peace” in State House of Assembly

by Christiana Gokyo, Jos

Plateau State Chairman of the APC, Honourable Rufus Bature, has affirmed that relative peace has been restored in the State House of Assembly.

The APC Executive Committee yesterday met with its members of the Plateau State House of Assembly at the Ewarewah Party Secretariat. 

The meeting, which had all APC members of the House in attendance, except the former Speaker of the House, Honourable Ayuba Abok Nuhu, was led by the Speaker, Rt Honourable Yakubu Sanda. 

In his address, Plateau State Chairman of the party, Honourable Rufus Bature (who was himself a former member of the House of Assembly), expressed delight over their honouring the invitation to the meeting.

He said he was happy that peace has fully been restored in the House of Assembly after the change of its Speaker two months ago, and urged the House to remain focused and united as a force, in order to be able to make laws for the common good of the state and its people. 

Hon. Bature stressed that, “Their unity is their integrity; that is why they are called Honourable Members, and they should be seen to be honourable at all times.”

Hon. Rufus Bature added that they cannot be in the same party and be castigating each other, and commended the members for their quick passage of the 2022 Budget by a majority of the members, who sat yesterday. 

While expressing happiness that the House has come back strong, he advised them to work in synergy with the governor, in order to provide the dividends of democracy to the people at the grassroots. 

The APC Chairman stated that, the party strongly believes in dialogue as a means of resolving disputes, and it would engage all disenchanted parties in a heart-to-heart dialogue as he believes in the restoration of total unity in the party.

Hon. Bature was emphatic that, the party would not tolerate acts of indiscipline or anti-party activities of any kind from its members, saying, the APC in the state believes in what he termed as “reward system” and would introduce competition among the wards, especially with regards to Membership Registration. 

He also revealed that the State Exco would soon embark on a tour of all the 17 local government areas of the State so as to get a first-hand view of their challenges.

He said the party exco would be operating from the party office – which is a clear departure from the past – and would soon invite all APC members in the National Assembly and other stakeholders for similar dialogue. 

Responding, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Honourable Yakubu Sanda, who spoke after all other members had taken their turns, baring their minds mostly on unity and cohesion in the party, commended the Chairman for convening the meeting.

He self-commended his efforts in repositioning the party since coming on board in less than two months, and observed that the party has come alive with the office bubbling with activities. 

He assured that members of the House would continue to interface with the party, adding that, “When you call us, we will always avail ourselves, as the party is supreme.”

Hon. Yakubu Sanda expressed confidence that, with the current kind of synergy and collaboration, the APC Government would install another APC governor in the state in 2023, and one-minute silence was observed in honour of a late Member of the House, Honourable Henry Longs, who died recently. 

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