Group wants Sokoto APC coun­cil congress can­celled

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Abubakar Auwal, Sokoto

Barely two days af­ter the lo­cal govern­ment con­gresses of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) in Sokoto State, a group of politi­cians from Sabon Birni lo­cal govern­ment yes­ter­day called for the can­cel­la­tion of the chair­man­ship elec­tion in the area.

The politi­cians said the elec­tion that saw the emer­gence of Al­haji Yawale Sarkin Baki as the chair­man of the party in Sabon Birni con­tra­vened the con­sen­sus agree­ment ear­lier reached which favoured Al­haji Bala Dan-Arewa who was de­feated at the elec­tion.

Spokesman of the group, Al­haji Aminu Boza de­scribed the elec­tion as null, void and un­con­sti­tu­tional, which should be can­celled, say­ing Dan-Arewa got four votes against the two scored by Sarkin-Baki dur­ing an “elec­tion “by the con­sen­sus com­mit­tee.

He said that they had filed a pe­ti­tion be­fore the APC lo­cal gov­ern­ments’ con­gresses ap­peal com­mit­tee formed by the state chap­ter of the party, chal­leng­ing the elec­tion.

When con­tacted, the in­terim chair­man of the party in the state, Bar­ris­ter Inuwa Ab­dulka­dir, con­firmed re­ceiv­ing the com­plaint and that they were at­tend­ing to it.

But chair­man of the coun­cil, Al­haji Idris Muhammed Go­bir, dis­cribed their claim as “base­less”, adding that the elec­tion was con­sti­tu­tional.

Go­bir stated that the elec­tion of the chair­man was won by Sarkin-Baki who got 253 votes as against Dan-Arewa’s16 votes.

“The elec­tion was con­ducted dur­ing the congress on April 12 and it was open and trans­par­ent. It had not con­tra­vened the con­sti­tu­tion of the APC and the al­leged ear­lier elec­tion by the so-called con­sen­sus com­mit­tee was in­con­clu­sive.

“That was why con­sen­sus was reached in the 36 other posts, while elec­tion was con­ducted in re­spect of the chair­man­ship, and it was won by Yawale Sarkin-Baki,” he said.

Daily Trust re­ports that 30 people ini­tially vied for the APC chair­man­ship in Sabon Birni, but along the line 25 with­drew. An­other three stepped down just few hours to the elec­tion, leav­ing only two con­tes­tants, Sarkin Baki and Bala Dan-Arewa, with the for­mer emerg­ing as win­ner.

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