Kaduna APC splits into two, accuses Gov El-rufai of insensitivity, high handedness
By; Abdull-Azeez Ahmed Kadir, Kaduna.
The All Progressive Congress (APC) Kaduna State chapter is factionalised into two with the “True – APC” accusing the state Governor of insensitivity, high handedness, hijacking of party apparatus and derailing from the idea of true change that millions of Kaduna people yearn and voted for.
In a media brief by reputable members of the party who thronged nooks and crannies of the state to ensure the governor succeed at the polls in the last general elections, they said they are pained to join the outcry over what they termed “anti people policies of Governor Nasir Ahmad El-rufai which have continued to produce misery and pauperization”.
Members of the “True –APC” said “as responsible people who successfully worked hard to remove the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and put our party in power, it is with tremendous reluctance that we make public, issues and grievances that should have the responsibility to address them.
The group said there is no available avenue left and they would fail millions of people who expect the party to operate with requisite standard of responsibility and accommodation if they continue to remain silent. “The same millions of people who require the state government under our great party to show sensitivity to the feelings of our people in the discharge of its mandate need to know where we stand on the disturbing issue of the clear contempt for decency being exhibited by the state administration” they added.
They said before going to public which they tried to resist, they made presentation to the national leadership of the party “to live up to its responsibilities by bringing the party in Kaduna State back to life”. They said the media brief is meant to avert “what appears to be the hijack of our great party by the state governor with apparently the tacit support of the Party’s National Headquarters.”
The “True-APC” said what is most alarming is the absence of functional and autonomous party structures in the state has created a long distance between the state government and the teeming party members” which it alleged is in line with the desire of Governor El-rufai to rule without “any apposition or counsel from any quarter”.
“True APC” said to forestall millions of people of the state and beyond who desperately yearn for positive change and have sympathy for the party losing faith in it, the made the following demands; the national leadership of the party should set up a credible machinery to conduct elections into vacant offices in the party in Kaduna State. The National Leadership should resist any pressure to subvert the wishes of party members by ensuring that lackeys and fake delegates are not used during the elections.
The new APC faction comprising of old members of the party also demanded that the national leadership and Presidency should disregard any presentation by Governor El-rufai “with a view to unduly influence the appointments of party members from Kaduna State into positions in government.” The group said this particular demand “is informed by the realization that the governor intends to continue to cripple the party by punishing loyalty and commitment while at the same time rewarding lackeys and others who satisfy his need to amass all power around his person”.
The “True APC” said it is committed as loyal members of the party, with total readiness to assist in any way they can towards the salvation of the party while calling on Governor El-rufai to “re-assess his personal and official disposition on matters that affect the public so that hope, faith and enthusiasm among our people can be restored”.
In attendance at the briefing were Dr Hakeem Baba Ahmed, Hajiya Hafsat Baba, Alhaji Kabir Umar, Dr Tom Mataimaki Yashi, Alhaji LAwal Maiturare, Nasiru Ahmed; Special Adviser on strategy to Senator Shehu Sani, Murtala Abubakar who is the Publicity Secretary of the “True APC” among several others.