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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