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