Dr Salihu Alizaga, the Nasarawa State Commissioner for Lands and Survey, has appeared before an All Progressives Congress (APC) investigative committee in Nassarawa Eggon Local Government Area to answer questions about his alleged insubordination to the party leadership.
While answering questions from the committee and petitioners in Nassarawa Eggon on Sunday, Alizaga admitted that he called a meeting on July 18 without the consent of the party because he wanted the party to grow.
“The governor gave me orders to coordinate party activities in the Nassarawa Egggon local government area,” says the governor.
“I called for the meeting on July 18th, 2021, as the governor’s representative in the local government area, because I want to have all inclusive, more electorally valuable stakeholders in order to move the party forward,” he said.
He claimed that the purpose of the meeting he convened had nothing to do with the party’s chairmanship candidate.
The commissioner also denied receiving any meeting invitation from the Nassarawa Eggon/Alizaga ward, which allegedly led to his suspension.
“No one has ever invited me to meetings in my ward, whether by phone calls, letters, or messages,” he said.
Also speaking, Mr Ibrahim Ebbe, the Deputy Chairman Youth Leader, and other Nassarawa Eggon/Alizaga ward executive members insisted that the commissioner had been invited to three ward meetings in the area but had failed to attend any of them.
They claimed that the commissioner’s insubordination prompted them to write a letter of complaint to the state party leadership.
Earlier, the chairman and secretary of the investigative committee, Alhaji Mohammed Ubangari and Mr Bala John, expressed their gratitude to the commissioner and the party executive members for accepting their invitation.
They stated that the committee would be guided by the party constitution in order to complete their task with a positive report.
The committee urged all parties involved to continue to provide them with the necessary support and cooperation in order to help them resolve the problem.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the commissioner was suspended on July 22 by Mr Malle Moses, Chairman of the APC Caretaker Committee in Nassarawa Eggon Local Government Area, for alleged insubordination to the party leadership in the area.
Moses announced the suspension while appointing a seven-member committee to look into the allegations leveled against the commissioner by local APC officials.
He stated that Alizaga’s suspension was to allow for a thorough investigation into the matter.
“As you can see, the APC leadership of Nassarawa Eggon/Alizaga ward, which is his ward, has filed a formal complaint/petition against Hon. Dr. Ahmed Salihu Alizaga,” Moses said.