The All Progressives Congress said it would not
sanction House of Representatives Speaker, Mr
Yakubu Dogara, or Rep. Abdulmumuni Jibrin
over allegations of budget padding in the lower
Deputy National Chairman of the party, Mr
Lawal Shuaibu, said this while briefing
newsmen at the National Secretariat of the
party on Thursday in Abuja.
Quoting Article 7, sub-section 5 of APC
Constitution, Shuaibu said that the party had
the power to do certain things but that
whatever was going to be done would not be
revealed to the public.
He said, "what is padding? The party does not
sanction anybody on that.
"What concerns us is where any member
contravenes the party's Constitution by his
conduct. That is why I refer you to Article 7
sub-section 5 of our party constitution.
"We are not a law enforcement organisation; we
don't enforce laws. We only ensure that the
Constitution is complied with.
"Any member of the party is answerable to the
party and answerable to its Constitution.
"The two members that are subjected to this
are elected or appointed members of the party,
including those that are holding public office."
He said that although the party would not
sweep the matter "under the carpet, it won't be
in the public gallery''.
Clearing the air on its main source of finance,
the deputy chairman said that the party solely
relied on the N100 registration fee from about
12.7 million members in its data base.
"We have a credible source of funding; every
member of APC in this country is expected to
pay N100. So far, on our data base we have
12.7 million registered members.
"Others are still waiting for us to just open our
portal to do their membership registration.
"Assuming those on our data base paid their
membership levy, just multiply N100 by 12.7
million members and you know how much we
get. So, we have our way of sourcing for fund.''
On the recent outburst of a Kano-based
chieftain of the party over President
Muhammadu Buhari's administration, Shuaibu
said "that man who claimed to be our chairman
in Kano is unknown to us as a party.
"Go to the directorate of organisation of our
party here and demand to know who our state
chairman there is; if you check our data base
you will see the name of our state chairman in
"That person who made that statement is not
our member; we actually don't even know him,
to be very honest."
He announced that a committee had been set
up to review the party's constitution before a
mini-convention will hold.