APC ward con­gresses in Kaduna, Niger, three other states to hold this week

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Balarabe Alka­s­sim, Mis­bahu Bashir, Kaduna, & Ab­dul­lahi Anako, Dutse

The All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) has shifted its ward con­gresses in Kaduna, Bauchi, Niger, Ji­gawa, Borno and the Federal Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory due to lo­gis­tic prob­lems.

But Kaduna, Niger and Ji­gawa have agreed to hold their con­gresses to­day while those of Borno and the FCT would hold tom­mor­row.

In­terim na­tional sec­re­tary of the party, Ti­j­jani Musa Tum­sah, who con­firmed there were shifts in some of the states that should have held their con­gresses on Satur­day, said the post­pone­ment of the ex­er­cise in the states af­fected de­pend on the is­sues the party is con­fronted with re­gard­ing the ex­er­cise in those places.

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gen­uine rea­son which re­quires some ad­just­ments, there is no prob­lem with that, in fact it is not even a post­pone­ment in the first place as all ac­tiv­i­ties like sell­ing of forms are go­ing on and the can­di­dates are be­ing screened be­fore the lat­ter date slated for the con­gresses in all those places,” he said.

He added that, party stake­hold­ers in these kind of sit­u­a­tions can take de­ci­sions that suits the sit­u­a­tion to avoid run­ning into un­nec­es­sary hitches that may stall the ex­er­cise or cause sus­pi­cion.

In­terim na­tional youth Leader of the party Abubakar Lado said the de­ci­sion to shift the con­gresses in Niger to Mon­day, April 7 is as a re­sult of the late ar­rival of forms which the can­di­dates are sup­posed to ob­tain to be el­i­gi­ble to con­test for the var­i­ous wards po­si­tions.

Also speak­ing, an APC coun­cil­lor in Suleja, Hon.Jib­rin Nal­ado said, the post­pone­ment is nec­es­sary in or­der to pro­vide enough time for the pur­chase of forms and screen­ing of the can­di­dates in all the wards.

Ji­gawa State party trea­surer, Farouk Adamu Aliyu said the death of Shehu Babura, one of the party lead­ers, made the Ji­gawa stake­hold­ers meet­ing to be post­poned while the congress will hold on Mon­day adding that the de­lay was also caused by late ar­rival of ma­te­ri­als from Abuja and the fact that all nom­i­na­tion monies must be paid to the bank which will be done to­day.

In­terim chair­man of the party in Kaduna, Dr. Ha­keem BabaAhmed, said the del­e­gates sent from the na­tional head­quar­ters to mon­i­tor the con­gresses ar­rived on the Fri­day and there was in­ad­e­quate time to make prepa­ra­tions. “The con­gresses have been post­poned. New dates will be an­nounced in the next few days.”

Speak­ing at a stake­hold­ers meet­ing at the State Ho­tel in Maiduguri, chair­man of the party’s del­e­ga­tion from the na­tional head­quar­ters in Abuja, Hon. Adamu Aliyu said late ar­rival of elec­tion ma­te­ri­als and of­fi­cials were partly re­spon­si­ble for the de­lay.

“Con­tes­tants for var­i­ous po­si­tions would be al­lowed to pay for their forms on Mon­day (To­day). Ac­cred­i­ta­tion would be con­cluded in the evening and elec­tion would take place on Tues­day in places where con­sen­sus could not be reached,” he said.

Gover­nor Kashim Shet­tima of Borno State who also spoke at the event called for ran­cour free elec­tion, in­sist­ing that he does not hold grudge against any­one.

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