APC intervenes in Senate, Hameed Ali face-off

Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs, Hameed Ali
Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs, Hameed Ali

The All Progressives Congress, APC, on Tuesday said it would intervene in the face-off between the Senate and Comptroller-General of Nigeria Customs Service, Hameed Ali.

The party made this known in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi, in Abuja.

The party said that it took the decision after observing the controversy that had trailed the invitation extended to Mr. Ali, a retired army colonel, by the Senate and his appearance at the chamber on Thursday.

“We have watched the issues with growing concern and the expectations that they would be resolved in a manner that would be agreeable to all the parties involved.

“However, we wish to state that at this point, we have found it necessary to intervene.

“Accordingly, the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun will lead the party’s peace mission to the leadership of the National Assembly and the concerned party member,’’ the statement said.

It expressed confidence that its effort to broker peace would resolve the matter amicably.

Mr. Ali and the Senate have been having a running battle, initially over a Customs policy on payment of charges on imported cars; and later over Mr. Ali’s refusal to appear before the Senate in his official Customs uniform.


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    If the party is serious they should ask the custom boss to appear before the Senate wearing his uniform. If he sees that as a disgrace, he would have rejected the appointment in the first place. There are many Nigerians more qualified for that position and will not consider it a shame to wear the uniform

    • duwdu

      Please go siddon. You should rather ask your lord, Saraki to go account for the bullet-proof Range Rover he and the Senate imported with falsified customs papers while not paying required customs fees on the vehicle. Abi dem curse these legislators with exotic vehicles?

      In any case, the matter of the uniform is now before a court of law. Let Saraki and his fellow “law makers” go and show in court the law that mandates them to compel the head of a government parastatal to appear before them in uniform.

      Instead of making good laws, the yeye people in the Senate just like chasing shadows and diverting our attention from the massive plundering of our resources going on within them, while they hide under a massive, self-allocated budget no one even knows the details of!

      Una yeye just dey smell more with each passing day.


      • BBayo

        See how wise you are? Blinded by party politics or members of your family eaten from the table? The way PMB and his supporters are going they will rewrite the name of Nigeria. Why don’t you read Elrufai’s memo to our President,then come back and give this blind folded comment. I wonder why it’s very difficult for people to follow convention? So you are telling us that Ali is bigger than the Senate? They are all thieves, so leave this your holier than thou Presidency! It’s your right to support a fallen govt.. You are very free.. To even tell Hammed subordinates not to wear uniform is a welcome development … I wonder what he will say to a subordinate that appears in his front ununiformed….every negative things about this govt queried has been a non issue to Zombies! May be you are part of the BMC taking 250k per month to defend the undefenceable….you will soon join them,some believed more than you earlier… They turned back when they realized they’ve followed a failure too long…

        • duwdu

          Honestly, you’ve said nothing; your rage and bile and name-calling all show you’re just a paid troll.

          For your information, I’m in support of El-Rufai’s memo 101%, honestly, and have said elsewhere that the President is, in fact, spineless. That should tell you some more about my character, and show you you’re barking up the wrong tree here.

          In case you did not understand what I wrote and you responded to, however, the issue of the uniform is now in court. Deal with it.

          And, while you’re at it, find a way to bail your role model, Saraki out of the new mess of the forged customs papers…

          Good luck! (Read: You’re now on ignore.)


      • FEMI A USA

        Few weeks ago, it was Mr. Magu about integrity now is about uniform. Egbon Fela said that “Uniform nay clothe nah taylor they sow am”

      • isiaka

        Thanks my brother, you really belong to Concern People of Nigeria. Those law breakers mistakenly elected.

        • sab

          Yet your party is still busy hiring more potential law breakers into the party for election into the senate. OUK etc!

  • Otile

    Najeriya, Najeriya, Najeriya continues to go down the tube both economically and discipline wise. What manner of vain arrogance is this? Does this_idiot think he is indispensable? When Imam himself was away for 5 moons did Nigeria not survive even better? I don’t know what these Northern parasites think they are doing for Nigeria.

  • Keen Observer

    @duwdu:disqus Very good talk my brother. Instead of @Otile & @disqus_xEwuSjLuDg:disqus to be meticulous in their comments regarding the root causes of the face off; they are busy commenting hate for Hameed Ali.
    Bukola Saraki like a dog’s nose cannot change, so long as he is not nailed (convicted & jailed) despite all d atrocities he has committed while serving as gov in Kwara state, and many other budget related frauds he has entrenched officially into the NASS system, he is not willing & ready to back down.
    Imagine a Senate President that is facing charges in a law court still presiding over the affairs of a law making & approving authority (Senate). This in the 1st place is UNACCEPTABLE & An ABBERATION in All Democracies around the World.
    What do you expect from Saraki & d Senate in general;- distortion of standing rules, twist of justice, amendments of FG policies that are capable of nailing him/them (e.g. laws establishing CCB/CCT, appointment of Customs CG, appointment of bosses for anti corruption agencies, approval of Magu’s nomination for EFC’s job etc.).
    Saraki supposed to have been forced by the house to resign or quit the president’s seat in the senate, as well as Dogara; which earlier declared boastfully after having a closed door mtg with PMB that ”Budget Padding” is not CORRUPTION.
    Can you imagine the types or mentality of law makers we have in our parliaments?

    • duwdu

      Well articulated, Keen Observer.