Face-off between Oshiohmole and Ngige to be resolved amicably, says Minister
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed says the on-going face-off between National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole and Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr 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.
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams 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 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 APC 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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