By; MOHAMMED KAWU, Bauchi
Ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Ward and Local Government Congresses was in Bauchi marred with bitter complaints by aspirants on alleged withholding of forms despite remitting their monies for the forms in the banks.
Some aspirants complained that the forms were allegedly hijacked by Government and party officials preparatory to giving such forms to cohorts and loyalists.
Senator representing Bauchi North, Senator Nazif Suleiman Gamawa alleged that they were denied access to forms after paying more than N13 million into bank for the forms.
Nazif alleged that committee members sent from Abuja to Bauchi for the conduct of the ward and LG congresses of the party deliberately switched off all their mobiles phones and could not be reached during the struggle to obtain the forms
“I wonder why those who were sent to conduct fair elections are now in Government House praising the Governor, Mohammed Abubakar instead being in the party secretarial. They have denied us the forms and we are going to take action”.
Reacting to the complaints on the Chairman Ward and Local Government Congresses, the chairman of the committee saddled to conduct it, Dr. Tony Macfoy said, “I came to conduct elections in line with the party guidelines, we are one family but we just had an intrigue which is normal in every family”.
Dr. Tony Macfoy explained that any person that paid for the form has obtained it and every party member had been given the right to contest elections, saying the the party has a robust machinery to deal with any contention.
“Everybody who went to the bank to buy teller for the forms obtained all their forms. Nobody in this state can say he has been denied form, everybody has the right to contest the elections within the guidelines of the party”.
“One of the major pronouncement of the national working committee (NWC) is that all the zones remain as they are. It’s a family business, we are not contesting for life and death. The APC does not tolerate violence, If anybody has any issue, let him or her go to the appeal committee”.
“Yesterday evening we had a very robust stakeholders meeting where everyone was invited, naturally some were unable to come, some apologies that is the way the nature goes. This morning we have to resolve quite a number of issues as you understand, its all about family affair,” he explained.
Distributing the election materials to the ward and LG representatives, he warned them that they should avoid violence and boxes snatching saying with any violence recorded, he will cancel the election results of that area.
He added, “The cost of the form is between N2000 and N10000 with the Chairman at N10000 and we have sold all the forms we brought from Abuja in compliance with the party guidelines”
A member representing Lere/Bula state constituency in the Bauchi State House of Assembly, Hon. Mohammed Aminu Tukur lamented that the way APC in the state is doing its things it will pose a great danger to the party in the 2019 elections.
The seven member congresses committee sent from the party’s headquarters in Abuja to Bauchi include Hajiya Amina Sidi, Barrister Luka Musa, Alhaji Yahaya Dan-mama, Alhaji Lawal Kenken and Hon. Lumumba.