Shet­tima: No fac­tion in Borno APC

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Hamza Idris, Maiduguri

Gover­nor Kashim Shet­tima of Borno State, on Wed­nes­day, de­clared that there is no fac­tion in the state’s chap­ter of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC).

The Gover­nor who spoke against the back­drop of al­leged threats by a group loyal to the for­mer gover­nor of the state, Ali Modu Sher­riff, to form a fac­tion of the party in the state called for a ran­cor-free ward, lo­cal govern­ment and state con­gresses.

The gover­nor made the com­ment at a stake­hold­ers meet­ing of the APC at the mul­ti­pur­pose hall of the Govern­ment House in Maiduguri which was at­tended by his deputy, Zanna Umar Umar Mustapha, Se­na­tor Ali Ndume, five mem­bers of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the state, state House of As­sem­bly mem­bers, some com­mis­sion­ers, spe­cial ad­vis­ers and party lead­ers.

For­mer Gover­nor Sher­iff and some elected and ap­pointed politi­cians, said to be loyal to him were ab­sent at the meet­ing which was meant to strate­gize ahead of the con­gresses.

The de­vel­op­ment has height­ened fears of par­al­lel con­gresses, out­right boy­cott or anti party pos­tur­ing by the Ali Modu Sher­iff led group.

But speak­ing at the event, Shet­tima said APC is one and will come out stronger af­ter the congress.

“In the first place, I want to state that there is no fac­tion in the APC in Borno but most im­por­tantly, even if there are is­sues in cer­tain quar­ters, we have to al­low the spirit of for­give­ness to pre­vail for our col­lec­tive ben­e­fit,” the gover­nor said.

He said lead­er­ship po­si­tions at all lev­els would be oc­cu­pied through elec­tions and not se­lec­tions in or­der to al­low mem­bers prove their met­tle and pop­u­lar­ity.

“This is the time for us to form an all in­clu­sive struc­tures at all lev­els. There is noth­ing like Kashim Shet­tima Group or for­mer Gover­nor Ali Modu Sher­iff Group. The APC is for all, no seg­ment of the so­ci­ety will be ne­glected in the pro­vi­sion of so­cial ameni­ties,” Shet­tima said.

Deputy Gover­nor Zanna Mustapha urged party mem­bers and all cit­i­zens in the state to be pa­tient and re­main fo­cused while Se­na­tor Ndume com­mended the lead­er­ship qual­i­ties of Gover­nor Shet­tima and stressed the need for all to sup­port him.

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