- Lai Mohammed has said that the rift between the minister of labour and employment and the chairman of APC will be resolved
- Mohammed said the issue between the duo was not discussed during the cabinet meeting
- He also said the APC was in firm control at the National Assembly, in spite the defections at the two chambers of the Assembly
The minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, says the on-going face-off between the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, and minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige will be resolved amicably.
The minister gave the assurance when he fielded questions from State House correspondents after the meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday, July 25.
Oshiohmole had on July 23 threatened to expel the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, or any minister who failed to inaugurate members of board of parastatals under their supervision from the party.
However, Ngige, in a statement by the director of press, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Samuel Olowookere, said those that said he had not inaugurated the board of the Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) because he was awarding contracts were ignorant of the Procurement Act.
The minister of information, who also spoke on Tuesday’s defection of some members of the National Assembly from the ruling APC to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said the issue was not discussed during the cabinet meeting.
He said that President Buhari had already stated that the defectors were at liberty to belong to any political party in line with democratic tenets. He noted that the APC was in firm control at the National Assembly, in spite the defections at the two chambers of the Assembly.
“The governing party, the All Progressives Congress is still having the majority in both chambers of the National Assembly,’’ he said.
Mohammed also reminded Nigerians on the danger of spreading fake news.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that there are indications that the minister of labour, Chris Ngige, will be suspended from the All Progressives Congress (APC). Reports said Ngige would be suspended if he fails to inaugurate the board members of the federal agencies and parastatals under his ministry.
The threat was made by the national chairman of the APC, who said he would not tolerate ministers who abuse their office and disrespect the president by refusing to carry out his orders.
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