Akida: Disquiet in Katsina APC Over Emer­gence of New Fac­tion

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From Habibu Umar Aminu (Katsina) & An­drew Agbese (Kaduna)

Like Kaduna, a group which dis­agreed with the lead­er­ship style of the state gov­er­nor within the rul­ing All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) in the state has emerged with a par­al­lel struc­ture in Katsina State known as the APC Akida.

Just like Kaduna, the new group is ac­cus­ing the Katsina State gov­er­nor, Al­haji Aminu Bello Masari of sidelin­ing party lead­ers in the state and run­ning what they term ‘an ex­clu­sive gov­ern­ment.’

Ahmed Himma Katsina, who iden­ti­fied him­self as a chief­tain of the group told news­men in Kaduna that theirs is an in­ter­ven­tion to save the APC in Katsina from col­lapse.

“As a mat­ter of fact, sup­port for Pres­i­dent Buhari should be­gin from Katsina State. There­fore, if there is a prob­lem in Katsina State be­tween the gov­er­nor and APC chief­tains, the de­vel­op­ment will not au­gur well for Pres­i­dent Buhari.

“This is why we are wor­ried and have de­cided to bring the mat­ter to the public be­cause we would not sit down and al­low any­thing that goes against the Pres­i­dent,” he stated.

He said after they all worked for the suc­cess of the party at the last gen­eral elec­tions, the gov­er­nor has side­lined ev­ery­body and is do­ing things alone . He only lis­tens to two of his fa­vorites.

He said,“This is why we are now ag­i­tat­ing , oth­ers who worked for the progress of the APC in the state , the real politi­cians who com­mit­ted so much for the party in the state must be considered and be car­ried along.”

Those back­ing the new group in­clude party big­wigs in the state and strong con­tenders for the of­fice of gov­er­nor. They in­clude, Sen Sadiq Yar’Adua, Sen Abdu Yan­doma, Sen MT Li­man, Al­haji Sada Ilu, Dr Us­man Bu­gaje, Ti­j­jani Zan­gon Daura and Han­natu Mu­sawa.

Oth­ers are Bar­ris­ter Gambo Musa Dan­musa, Abubakar Sa­maila Isa Fun­tua, Pro­fes­sor Kabir Murja, Bar­ris­ter Ab­bas Machika, Ab­du­laziz Labo Mahuta and Ha­jiya Murja Wam­bai.

Bu­gaje, Li­man and Yar’Adua, when con­tacted, de­clined com­ment on the is­sue but the spokesman of the group, Bar­ris­ter Ab­bas Machika, said these are men of like minds who felt the need for the right thing to be done for the overall interest of the party.

‘We came around, sat at var­i­ous places and dis­cussed the party, espe­cially the trend of hap­pen­ings since 2015. There a lot of com­plaints. We re­alised, hav­ing founded the party with Gen Buhari, it was wrong to con­tinue to sit and watch,” he said.

Machika said what is happening presently in Katsina po­lit­i­cally and in gov­ern­ment is not in tan­dem with Pres­i­dent Buhari ideals and be­liefs, ex­plain­ing that the prob­lems did not just start as they had been there since the in­cep­tion of the ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“Look at us closely, we are well captured and held var­i­ous po­lit­i­cal po­si­tions which most have not even dreamt of. To say we are do­ing this for cheap of­fices is just a po­lit­i­cal black­mail. We are do­ing this to strengthen the party in line with its trans­parency and rule of law or­der which has been vi­o­lated,” he added

But re­act­ing swiftly, a leader of the party in the state, Al­haji Umar Dikko Radda, said all the is­sues raised by the group did not hold water, adding that as far as he knows all have been ac­com­mo­dated in the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion in the state.

“So to me, that is not an is­sue be­cause like I said, most of the po­lit­i­cal jug­ger­nauts in the state are rep­re­sented in his gov­ern­ment. What that means in essence is, there is a kind of un­par­al­leled lead­er­ship qual­ity in Gov­er­nor Aminu Bello Masari that we should all em­u­late.

“He’s be­ing care­ful be­cause Katsina sym­bol­izes the Pres­i­dent and any em­bar­rass­ment com­ing from the state is not tar­geted at the gov­er­nor but the Pres­i­dent be­cause Mr. Pres­i­dent is a bonafide mem­ber of the APC in the ward, his local gov­ern­ment, Daura, as well as the state. He at­tends meet­ings of the APC in the state where nec­es­sary. So, for any per­son to say he is be­ing ex­cluded, he is not say­ing the truth,” he said.

Radda also waved aside the idea of a fac­tion of the APC in Katsina State, say­ing, “there is no fac­tion in Katsina APC and no­body could tell me that. If there is, who is the chair­man of the other fac­tion? We want to know him. I know in some of the neigh­bour­ing states we have fac­tions, but def­i­nitely not in Katsina.”

Masari, at a rally or­gan­ised to show sup­port to his ad­min­is­tra­tion, in­di­rectly came down hard on some APC’s mem­bers who he said are bent on sab­o­tag­ing the present ad­min­is­tra­tion de­scrib­ing them as ‘dev­ils’

Masari de­scribed them as dev­ils, say­ing they are the main loot­ers who have for long spe­cialised in drain­ing the na­tion’s econ­omy but have been blocked thereby chose to fight the APC within.

He said, the pres­i­dent Buhari’s fight against cor­rup­tion must be sup­ported in all the ram­i­fi­ca­tions, adding that “these dev­ils are out to pitch the elec­torate against the ad­min­is­tra­tion.”

“We must all be wary of them, they are greedy per­sons out to cause con­fu­sion for their self­ish interest , they want to con­tinue to loot and no way for that so they de­vised a means of pitch­ing elec­torate against gov­er­nance,” he said

Masari said true and well mean­ing Nige­ri­ans should be cau­tious of such men, not­ing that the APC is out to trans­form the country from long pe­riod of cor­rup­tions.

The Spe­cial Ad­viser to the gov­er­nor on Po­lit­i­cal Shehu Zango dis­missed all the al­le­ga­tion, de­scrib­ing it as just a self­ish group out to achieve their self­ish interest not that of the gen­er­al­ity of the pop­u­lace.

He said the group for­got that the APC is an amal­ga­ma­tion of po­lit­i­cal par­ties with many from the PDP who crossed in to help get to power, say­ing that ‘ vir­tu­ally all the so­called Akida group were at one time in the PDP.

“They can only want to make noise but Masari’s gov­ern­ment is an all in­clu­sive one, ev­ery day we are ready and open to all and sundry, he said

“They should tell us who is still a card-car­ry­ing mem­ber of the PDP that is with us not one”, he added

The party lead­er­ship un­der Shitu Shitu has also been hold­ing se­ries of meet­ings to see how best it can con­tained the un­fold­ing events. At on such meet­ing, the party in its com­mu­nique reaf­firmed their sup­port to Pres­i­dent Buhari and Gov­er­nor Masari. The party also went ahead to fore­close all other av­enues by en­dors­ing the duo as their sole can­di­dates for the 2019 gen­eral elec­tions.

The meet­ing noted cat­e­gor­i­cally that it did not rec­og­nize any fac­tion within it de­scrib­ing it as con­trary to its con­sti­tu­tional pro­vi­sion.

The state work­ing com­mit­tee also in­di­rectly replied the Akida group that Masari, say­ing runs a trans­par­ent ad­min­is­tra­tion, open-door pol­icy and recorded won­der­ful achieve­ments has within the short pe­riod of two years of his ad­min­is­tra­tion in ar­eas of Ed­u­ca­tion, Agri­cul­ture, health, se­cu­rity, water sup­ply and in­fras­truc­tural de­vel­op­ment and em­pow­er­ment of the good peo­ple of Katsina State.

They com­mended the cor­dial re­la­tion­ship that ex­ists be­tween mem­bers of the state Leg­is­la­ture and the Ex­ec­u­tive arms of gov­ern­ment.

For the op­po­si­tion Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP), the com­ing of the splin­ter group and the is­sues it raised is a vin­di­ca­tion to their on­go­ing claims of bad lead­er­ship in the state.

The party’s chair­man, Sal­isu Ma­ji­giri, said all those ag­grieved should feel free and join the ‘true democrats’, as the party is poised to en­sure level play­ing ground for all.

Masari de­scribed them as dev­ils, say­ing they are the main loot­ers who have for long spe­cialised in drain­ing the na­tion’s econ­omy but have been blocked thereby chose to fight the APC within

Katsina State Gov­er­nor, Aminu Bello Masari

APC Katsina Chair­man, Al­haji Shitu S. Shitu

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