THE political supremacy war within the ranks and files of the All Progressive Congress (APC) took a new turn on Tuesday, as Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige and Chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Finance, Abiodun Faleke threw caution to the wind during the investigative hearing into the allegation bothering on arbitrary breach of the presidential directive on the suspension of top management and executive committee members of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) and other government agencies, leading to exchange of swipes and tantrums by Ngige and Faleke.
Trouble started after Faleke queried the rationale behind Ngige’s decision to castigate NSITF management whom he described as politicians without following laid down procedure by the Office of Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF).
As a politician, we all labour for this party – APC, apologies to those who are not APC members. And you alluded to it that some of the management staff are also politicians. Will you say it is right to have also castigated them in the media, damaging their reputation rather than following the process laid down by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation for you to have taken this action?
I also want to make this statement finally that, you are a former Governor by the grace of God, you are also a former Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I also want to ask that you served at the first tenure as a Minister, Mr. Minister this is your second tenure, will you say that your appointment by Mr. President was based on your being a member of the party or because of your personality, or because of your performance for the President at the last election? Because if you look at the result, you will discover that in your local government, you scored 2,202 for the President while the PDP scored 17,000,” Faleke said.
But in a swift response to Faleke’s poser, Ngige described him as his younger brother.
“Like my junior brother, they said you are up to 60, I don’t know,” Ngige fired back.
Faleke said he was 60 years plus.
Ngige retorted that Faleke was near his age but as he was seven years older than Falake, he was sure he was the same age with Faleke’s mentor in Lagos – Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and was a governor with him at the centre, was a Senator, a two-time Senator, not a tow-time Senator.
This made Faleke to snipe back at Ngige, firing that he won all his elections very well.
“No problem with that. Just like you won your own in Kogi State very well and you are now the Deputy Governor and Governor of Kogi State,” Ngige: replied.
But Faleke still requested the minister to respond.
I’ve responded, you yab me, I yab you 10 times. I’m a Lagos boy, you are just a small boy in Lagos. Look at this boy, Mushin boy talking to a V-I boy, I live in Victoria Island. Look at this bush boy from Kogi o. You are not serious, just go, I no get time for you. Kilo nse e (what’s wrong with you)?,” Ngige continued.