Adamu meets Buni after accusing ex-APC caretaker chairman of N7.5bn debt
The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Abdullahi Adamu, has met the former Caretaker Chairman of the party and Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni for the first time since he raised allegation that the later had indebted the party with the N7.5 billion.
The duo met on Tuesday in a closed-door meeting at the residence of Buni in Abuja.
This was disclosed on the official page of the party’s official Twitter handle on Tuesday night.
The two leaders were said to have had lengthy discussions on several issues including the ongoing town hall meetings of the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and the administration of the party secretariat.
The development is coming barely two months after Adamu accused Buni of having too many ghost workers in the secretariat and leaving behind a debt of N7.5bn.
The national chairman of APC replaced six suspended departmental directors of the secretariat.
The affected directors are Anietie Offong (Welfare); Bartholomew I. Ugwoke (Research); Abubakar Suleiman (Finance); Dr Suleiman Abubakar (Administration); Salisu Dambatta (Publicity) and Dare Oketade, (Legal Head).
In the last four weeks, the media has been awash with reports of their alleged dismissal and appointment of new helmsmen to replace them.
Defending his action in a recent media parley with newsmen, Adamu had disclosed that the move was necessitated by the need to sanitise the system.
He also denied the allegation that the newly appointed replacements were his cronies.
While claiming that he met a cesspool of corruption, tardy staff and a register containing over 200 names that included ghost workers, the APC chairman swore that it was not in his DNA to overlook such anomalies.
But when our correspondent reached out to the sacked directors, they claimed the whole drama leading to their ouster was pre-arranged.
A former APC director of administration, Abubakar Suleiman, accused the Adamu-led NWC of failing to narrate their ‘sin’ before plunging them into ‘compulsory annual leave.
Just like some of his axed colleagues, he also believed Adamu was doing everything to disparage Buni’s administration.
He said, “Adamu lied. Nothing went wrong. The secretariat was in good hands. What necessitated his decision was not known to us or anybody. It was an agenda. Nobody was indicted. I am sure you must have heard the account of other directors too. Nothing went wrong anywhere.”
Asked where the allegation of N7.5bn debt that Adamu alleged was coming from, he dismissed the idea, saying it was non-existent.
“As directors, we don’t approve anything. Our job was to implement. If the party feels otherwise, let the EFCC or other anti-corruption body be invited to investigate the APC accounts including the secret ones being operated by the party leadership,” he bemoaned.