BEVERLY HILLS, January 26, (THEWILL) – The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Benue State, has demanded the immediate resignation of the Minister of Defence, Brig. Gen. Mansur Dan Ali (retd.), for his what it described as a “ridiculous, absurd statement aimed at bringing disgrace to Nigeria democracy.”
The party was responding to a statement credited to the Minister where he reportedly told Nigerians and other members of the public that the attacks on two communities in Benue State that led to the death of over 74 people and destruction of properties worth millions of naira were as a result of the open grazing prohibition law enacted by the state government.
The party, in a statement by the Director of Publicity, Apeh Peterhot, on behalf of the state Chairman, Abba Yaro, said the leadership considered the statement by Ali as “a ridiculous absurdity,” and the highest level of public disgrace to democracy and the Nigerian populace.
“We have therefore been constrained to believe that Mr. Mansur is a component unit of the perceived conspiracy against the good and hospitably peace loving people of Benue State,” the statement read.
“As an integral part of the country, Nigeria, and as a state that gave President Muhammadu Buhari an edge in the 2015 general elections, we demand that Mansur Dan Ali (retd.) resigns his position as Nigeria’s Defence Minister immediately and tender an unreserved apology to the good people of Benue State and the country at large.
“As a founding member and major stakeholder in our ruling party, the APC, we are forced to question Mansur’s real motive and demand that he publicly explains to the party leadership why we should not consider his reckless utterances as a deliberate ploy to truncate the party’s victory in the 2019 general elections.
“Through his statement, as an insider, Mansur appears to have been contracted by the opposition to work against the APC.”