Mallam Nasir el-Rufai

Crisis hits Kaduna APC over delegates’ election

Ahead of the non-elective convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC), disagreement has resurfaced among its leaders in Kaduna State over the conduct of a congress to elect delegates.

The disagreement is between the state organ of the party loyal to Governor Nasir el-Rufa’i and the APC Akida Group.

Leaders of the Akida Group: Senators Shehu Sani, Othman Hunkuyi, Ashiru Kudan, Tijjani Ramalan and others, were at the state secretariat of the NUJ to protest the result of the congress.

They said no congress was held and that the delegates were handpicked without the consent of other members of the party.

Senator Othman Hunkuyi, who addressed the press on behalf of the group, said the result of the congress did not reflect the will of party members, saying names of those who emerged were written by an official of the state government.

“The list of the delegates is not known to us; it is fake; so we wrote two petitions to the national secretariat of the party,” he said.

But the Kaduna State chapter of the party dismissed the allegation, saying the delegates’ election was free, fair and credible.

State Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Salisu Tanko Wusono, said the election was attended by party officials from ward, local and state levels.

“The APC cannot engage those who wish to destroy it; it cannot take things lightly with power mongers, who ascribe power and dubious privileges to themselves without the legitimacy of any democratic mandate or altruistic leadership.

“If these disaffected persons have any legitimate grievances, they are advised to follow proper channels. The APC will not tolerate anti-party activities. Politicians must learn that a party will not die just because they did not win internal elections or secure places for their preferred cohorts,” he said.

 

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