Kano APC an­nounces Ab­bas as chair, Abuja dis­misses process

Daily Trust - - LAW - From Yusha’u A. Ibrahim (Kano) & Muideen Olaniyi (Abuja)

The Kano State chap­ter of the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC), yes­ter­day, said it has elected 15 sub­stan­tive ex­ec­u­tives with Al­haji Ab­dul­lahi Ab­bas as chair­man.

But a state­ment by the na­tional sec­re­tar­iat of the party, also yes­ter­day, said there was no de­ci­sion yet on the party’s lead­er­ship in Kano.

The Kano State APC congress was re­port­edly con­ducted last Sat­ur­day, at the Sani Abacha In­door Sta­dium, un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the Prince Nwoko Orinze-led team.

Ab­bas, who had been run­ning the af­fairs of the party in an act­ing ca­pac­ity, re­port­edly emerged as sub­stan­tive chair­man of the party with over 2,000 votes.

Kano has a to­tal of 2,820 del­e­gates. Gov­er­nor Ab­dul­lahi Gan­duje and his pre­de­ces­sor, Se­na­tor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, have been locked in a bat­tle for the soul of the party in the state.

It was gath­ered that the congress was con­ducted to fill some va­can­cies in the hi­er­ar­chy of the party’s ex­ec­u­tives in the state.

Other elected ex­ec­u­tives dur­ing the congress in­cluded Al­haji Shehu Maigari (Doguwa LGA), as vice chair­man; Ibrahim Zakari Sa­rina (Garko LGA) as sec­re­tary; and Ahmed Muham­mad Speaker (Dawakin Tofa LGA) as or­ga­niz­ing sec­re­tary.

Others were Bar­ris­ter Jamilu Rano as le­gal ad­viser; Al­haji Sabo Muham­mad Dan­tata as zonal chair­man, Kano Cen­tral; Musa Lawal Nana as zonal sec­re­tary, Kano North; Ma’ruf Ab­dul­lahi as deputy youth leader; and En­gi­neer Bashir Ya­haya Karaye as pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer.

But the Na­tional Work­ing Com­mit­tee (NWC) of the APC said it had not taken any de­ci­sion on the chair­man­ship tus­sle in the Kano State chap­ter.

The APC, in a state­ment signed by its Na­tional Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary, Malam Bo­laji Ab­dul­lahi, ad­vised party mem­bers, stake­hold­ers, lead­ers and the gen­eral pub­lic to dis­re­gard the re­ports that the chair­man of the Kano State chap­ter, Alh. Umar Haruna Doguwa, had been re­moved from of­fice.

“We wish to state that in re­spect of Kano, no such de­ci­sion has been taken by the NWC. Although we are aware of is­sues in the Kano State chap­ter, ef­forts to find last­ing so­lu­tions to the prob­lem are on-go­ing. In view of this, the sta­tus quo is main­tained un­til the on-go­ing process is com­pleted,” the state­ment said.

It would be re­called that the feud be­tween Gan­duje and Kwankwaso led to the re­moval of Doguwa who was re­placed by Ab­bas, a loy­al­ist of the in­cum­bent gov­er­nor.

The North-West panel, led by Se­na­tor Mo­hammed Magoro, said his re­moval fol­lowed due process.

A cor­re­spon­dence jointly signed by the APC Na­tional Trea­surer, Al­haji Bala Muhammed Gwag­warwa and the em­bat­tled chair­man of the party in Kano, Doguwa, to the Na­tional Chair­man of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oye­gun, dated Jan­uary 27, 2017, re­jected the de­ci­sion of the APC Na­tional Vice Chair­man, North-west, Al­haji Ab­dulka­dir Inuwa, to ap­point Ab­bas.

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