APC congress turns sour in Kebbi

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Garba Muham­mad, Birnin Kebbi

The bat­tle be­tween the two camps of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) in Kebbi State for the con­trol of party struc­ture, yes­ter­day gen­er­ated ten­sion dur­ing its congress in Kebbi South se­na­to­rial zone of the state.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the seven lo­cal govern­ment area were protest­ing the al­leged hi­jack of elec­tion ma­te­ri­als for the con­duct of the ex­er­cise.

The pro­test­ers who were lodged in Birnin Kebbi de­manded for ex­pla­na­tion the re­fusal to dis­trib­ute elec­toral ma­te­ri­als to Fakai, Sak­aba, Danko/Wasagu, Ngaski, Shanga , Yauri and Zuru LGAs.

Daily Trust gath­ered that rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the two fac­tional in­terim state chair­men of the party; Ali Ba­ture and Atiku Bunu were also in dis­agree­ment on which fac­tion would re­ceive the elec­tion ma­te­ri­als.

Ali Ba­ture is said to be sup­ported by Dan­ma­liki camp while Bunu is said to be from the camp of the state for­mer deputy gover­nor, Al­haji Suleiman Mo­hammed Ar­gungu.

Party chair­man­ship can­di­date for Shanga LGA, Al­haji Bala Shanga, in­sisted that they would not leave un­til the ma­te­ri­als were handed to them to con­duct elec­tions for their mem­bers.

Kebbi South zonal chair­man of the congress com­mit­tee, Ah­madu Aliyu Tafoki, told Daily Trust that he re­ceived di­rec­tives from the na­tional head­quar­ters of the party that no ma­te­rial should be given un­til the two fac­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tives were around.

“The na­tional head­quar­ters had just di­rected that three rep­re­sen­ta­tives of each fac­tion must be present be­fore we can com­mence the ex­er­cise,” he said.

There was hot ex­change of words be­tween mem­bers of the two fac­tions with each group ac­cus­ing the other of plot to hi­jack ma­te­ri­als.

PHOTO: NAN

Mem­bers of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress Oko Women Fo­rum, dur­ing a sen­si­ti­sa­tion rally in Oko Ward, Kwara yes­ter­day.

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