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APC Lawmakers Sidelining Us - Zamfara PDP

July 23, 2014

Shehu Umar

Members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Zamfara House of Assembly have accused their All Progressive Party (APC) colleagues of forging documents that will allow the state government secure a loan of N3 billion.

Speaking to journalists in Gusau, Minority Leader of the House, Alhaji Ibrahim Dole, alleged that the APC members have been carrying out sensitive legislative businesses without their knowledge and outside the House chamber. The 24-member legislature is made up of 16 APC members and eight PDP members.

Dole alleged that last Tuesday, the APC legislators attempted to illegally approve a request by the state governor to secure a N3 billion loan.

The loan which was to be obtained from the Central Bank of Nigeria, was meant for small and medium scale enterprises and agricultural development, Daily Trust gathered.

The Minority Leader, who maintained that due process should be followed in the proceedings, alleged that minutes from the last sitting were not read before commencement of the business of the day.

He said the development led to a clash between the members which resulted in the breaking of the mace and a walk out by members of the opposition party.

Dole further described as illegal, the action of APC lawmakers, who according to him, signed the attendance register on behalf of three other members on the June 23 sitting, where the Assembly approved sale of shares at the Niger Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC).

Reacting to the allegations, the state Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Ibrahim Birnin Magaji, said members of the opposition party are carried along in all activities at the Assembly. He said the loan being sort followed an advice by the federal government.

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Source: AllAfrica

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