APC stake­hold­ers dis­agree over congress re­sult in Bauchi

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Ahmed Mo­hammed,Bauchi

A ma­jor dis­agree­ment played out yes­ter­day be­tween the All Pro­gres­sives Congress APC congress com­mit­tee set up by the na­tional lead­er­ship and some party stake­hold­ers in Bauchi State.

The dis­agree­ment be­came pub­lic knowl­edge fol­low­ing an­nounce­ment of the ward con­gresses re­sults by leader of the com­mit­tee, Dr Al­ma­jiri Gei­dam.

Gei­dam, while an­nounc­ing the re­sults, said the com­mit­tee, af­ter scru­ti­niz­ing the re­sults and study­ing var­i­ous re­ports from its of­fi­cials, the com­mit­tee could only make pub­lic re­sults of con­gresses in 182 wards and can­celled 30 oth­ers due to glar­ing ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

He said the com­mit­tee had up­held ward congress in 14 out of the 20 lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas that in­cluded Jama’are, Itas Gadau,Katagum, Shira,zaki, Misau, Darazo,Dam­bam, Warji,kirfi, Tafawa Balewa, Toro, Dass and Bo­goro.

Gei­dam said the com­mit­tee can­celled all the con­gresses in Gi­ade, Ningi and can­celled con­gresses in five wards in Bauchi, two wards in Ga­mawa LGA, one ward in Al­ka­leri, and one in Gan­juwa Lo­cal Govern­ment ar­eas and or­dered for a re­run in all the af­fected 30 wards in six lo­cal govern­ment ar­eas.

He said the re-run would be con­ducted on to­day and ad­vised all the ag­grieved mem­bers of the party to file their com­plaints be­fore the ap­peal com­mit­tee set up by the na­tional lead­er­ship of the party.

But im­me­di­ately af­ter Gei­dam an­nounced the re­sults, some stake­hold­ers called for the re­moval of the in­terim com­mit­tee’s head, al­leg­ing that he was bi­ased and had an anointed can­di­date in the con­test.

Leading the stake­hold­ers, for­mer min­is­ter of po­lice af­fairs, Ibrahim Yakubu Lame and Se­na­tor Suleiman Nazif Ga­mawa dis­agreed with the re­sults and al­leged that the com­mit­tee vi­o­lated all the guide­lines put in place by APC’s na­tional lead­er­ship.

They al­leged that the chair­man used fake po­lice re­port to pro­duce the re­sult of the elec­tion, say­ing such re­port could not be re­lied on in an­nounc­ing the re­sults of the con­gresses.

But Gei­dam in­sisted ev­ery ag­grieved per­son should for­ward his com­plaints to the ap­peal com­mit­tee.

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