APC del­e­gates: Sani, Hunkuyi seek re­dress in Abuja

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Muideen Olaniyi

Sen­a­tors Suleiman Hunkuyi and Shehu Sani yes­ter­day ap­proached the APC na­tional sec­re­tariat, in Abuja, seek­ing re­dress over the al­leged ma­nip­u­la­tion of the del­e­gates’ con­gress in Kaduna by Gov­er­nor Nasir El-Rufa’i.

The two politi­cians wanted the party’s na­tional lead­ers to con­sti­tute a fresh team to con­duct the con­gresses.

They said the Na­tional Work­ing Com­mit­tee (NWC) of the APC must en­sure that the rules guid­ing the del­e­gates’ elec­tion were ad­hered to.

Speak­ing with jour­nal­ists, Hunkuyi said a list of lo­cal gov­ern­ment del­e­gates was sent to the state con­gress com­mit­tee in Kaduna.

He said nei­ther stake­hold­ers meet­ing the nor the del­e­gates’ elec­tions were held on the list pre­pared and submitted to the act­ing party chair­man, at a meet­ing he said peo­ple were stam­peded to at­tend at the gov­ern­ment house in Kaduna.

He said, “This is in clear breach of the guide­lines which stip­u­late stake­hold­ers meet­ing and brief­ing at the party of­fice on July 28, 2017 to ex­plain the process for the con­duct of the elec­tion to be held on July 29.”

He de­scribed what tran­spired as “a kan­ga­roo process”

Se­na­tor Sani, who also spoke, said the visit to the APC sec­re­tariat, was to protest the al­leged “at­tempt by the Kaduna State gov­ern­ment un­der the lead­er­ship of Gov­er­nor El-Rufa’i to write the names of del­e­gates in­side the room and send them to the na­tional del­e­gates for con­ven­tion.”

“Se­condly, we are also here to state it very clearly to the na­tional lead­er­ship that we are un­der siege in Kaduna. The use of thugs and vi­o­lence by agents and close as­so­ci­ates of the gov­er­nor is one thing we can­not tol­er­ate.

“Spon­sored thugs last week­end be­sieged the NUJ Sec­re­tariat in Kaduna, raided the sec­re­tariat, de­stroyed prop­erty, at­tacked us and the jour­nal­ists and left a jour­nal­ist, Lawal Mo­hammed in the pool of his own blood. That can­not be the com­pass of this party. We are here to call on the na­tional lead­er­ship to set up an in­ves­ti­ga­tion panel to bring the per­pe­tra­tors of that vi­o­lence to book,” he said. lead­er­ship as the na­tional

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