By Achadu Gabriel Kaduna
A total four hundred and fifty aspirants contesting for the position of chairmen and counselors, under the Alhaji Shuaibu Idris-led All Progressives Congress (APC), have so far purchased forms.
According to the party, 100 aspirants bought forms for the chairmanship position, while 350 purchased for that of counsellor.
Acting secretary of the party, Yahaya Baba Pate, who disclosed this to newsmen at the party secretariat, Wednesday, said “Members have been trooping in to purchase the forms,” even as he revealed that police will take action on the so-called faction, adding they are impostors: “We don’t know them in APC; they are not recognized by the national body of our party.”
He also disclosed that amidst the crowd of supporters that followed the politicians to the secretariat, “The so-called faction are impostors,” adding that the security agencies have been briefed and will soon put a stop to their activities.
“As you can see, the APC in Kaduna state under the leadership of Alhaji Shuaibu Idris have commenced the sale of forms for the local government elections since last week, Friday, and you can see how party members that want to aspire for the positions of chairman and counselors are trooping into the secretariat to purchase their forms.
“The number of members coming to purchase forms have been on the increase on a daily basis. So far, 350 persons have purchased forms to contest for counselor and 100 for chairmanship from the 23 local government areas of the state.
“Sale of forms will end Thursday and screening of aspirants will commence immediately, on Saturday, and will last for 6 days,” he said.
On the Senator Sulieman Hunkuyi faction that has also asked their members to come and purchase forms, he said “The so-called faction are impostors, we don’t know them in APC; they are not recognized by the national body of our party. There is only one APC in Kaduna state, ably lead by Alhaji Shuaibu Idris.
“I want to let you know that we have written a petition to the Police Commissioner, Director DSS, and we are very sure that within the next few days the security agencies will take necessary action against the so-called factional members that are parading themselves as members and leaders of our party.
“We are calling on our members to disregard any information from those impostors, as APC is one in Kaduna state.”
On his part, Professor Kabir Mato, State Commissioner for local government and chieftaincy affairs and a member of the APC primaries elections committee said, “The people of Kaduna state generally are with this government and the leadership of the party in the state.”
According to him, “It is not just about people putting up structures and saying this is their alternate party office. This is the product of this lacuna that we have in the constitution that the moment you have issues in a political party, members of that political party are free to move.”
He said “the situation breeds a lot of political traders, who in a view to want to cause trouble, and do so many things as long as their selfish desires are not fulfilled, as long as their ambition which in so many cases are selfish are not fulfilled, then let the whole building collapse.
“But in Kaduna, it will not happen, it is not happening; so, like I said anybody can just wake up in the morning and make announcements, but there are rules of engagement.
“APC is not a lawless organization; it is an organization of very civilized people led by very competent and tested hands within the Nigerian political arena. So, anybody with the party that feels aggrieved has the necessary processes and rules of the political party to follow, and if you don’t follow and you simply desire to just open office somewhere saying you are leading a faction, I think you are merely wasting your time,” he said.
It would be recalled that the Hunkuyi-led APC recently announced the release of primary elections time-table before the Idris-led faction in Kaduna state ahead of the elections.