Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Concerned All Progressives Congress, APC, members in Kaduna state, on Monday, raised alarm over alleged replacement of 634 executive party members with his supporters ahead of 2019 elections.
The replaced 634 party members were perceived not to be loyal to Governor Nasir el-Rufai’s political adviser, Comr. Ubah Sani, at both local government and ward levels.
The replacement, according to the concerned members, was ill conceived and allegedly conducted by Comrade Ubah Sani, who is also contesting for Senatorial seat of the Kaduna Central Senatorial district, to give him undue advantage over aspirants in Kaduna central.
According to the aggrieved concerned members, led by Hon. Hassan Saleh Jirgi, the replacement, which took place mostly in the seven local government areas of Kaduna Central Senatorial Zone, includes Kaduna South, Kaduna North, Igabi, Chikun, Giwa, Birnin-Gwari and Kajuru LG, respectively, and two at the Kaduna central zonal level.
Briefing newsmen in Kaduna, Saleh Jirgi said the breakdown of the number of those replaced shows that 213 were replaced in Kaduna South, 105 in Kaduna North, 186 in Igabi, 15 in Chikun, 45 in Giwa and 43 in B/Gwari LG, respectively, while 2 were replaced at the zonal level, making a total of 634 party Exco members replaced.
The group also vehemently faulted the state party chairman, Mr. Emmanuel Jakada, for escorting Ubah Sani, the ‘anointed candidate’ of the chairman, to the national secretariat of APC, Abuja, to purchase his declaration of intent and nomination form, describing the action bias.
Jirgi argued that the chairman’s action showed that other APC aspirants, who have also bought the party’s forms to contest, “are deprived from seeing delegates, who are to vote at the primaries.”
They also complained bitterly with dismay that delegates are under pressure and threat of “losing their status if they’re seeing with other aspirants apart from the anointed one (candidate),” adding, “This clearly has been demonstrated at wards, LGs and at the Zonal level, where party officers run away from office from receiving other aspirants even after due process of visiting had been followed.”
He further stressed that letters were written and acknowledged, but expressed shock that it all ended up in excuses and physically disappearing from party office by delegates, when a date is scheduled to visit them. Some were openly told that, they were warned that any other aspirant, who visits them at the party office, would be received at their own risk, part from Ubah.
The group, therefore, urged the APC officials to caution the state chairman, saying, “As a father, he should be impartial to all by adopting and anointing every Senatorial aspirants, pending the outcome of the primary elections slated for this month.”
According to them, as members, they have respect for the party and remain loyal to it, and are prepared to work hard for the success and victory of the APC, but only if justice and fairness are done and seen to be done in the state to all, as stakeholders.
Accordingly, they hold that whether direct or indirect primaries, as adopted by President Buhari or the party chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, unanimously or not, “power comes from God.”