Sani, Hunkuyi accuse El-Rufai of doctoring APC convention delegate list
…Congress was free, fair—Kaduna APC
By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA— Two senators from Kaduna State, Shehu Sani and Suleiman Hunkuyi, have taken their case to the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress APC, accusing Governor Nasir el-Rufai of manipulating last Saturday’s local government congresses held in the state.
They also accused the governor of playing violent politics, blaming him for the attack on them and some journalists in the state a few days ago.
But Kaduna State chapter of the APC dismissed the allegations that the party delegate conference was manipulated to favour the governor’s candidates.
Sani said they came to register their objection over attempts by the governor to write the names of delegates inside his room and send them to the national leadership as delegates for the yet to be scheduled national convention of the party.
“We are opposed to that and our concern is the fact that the guidelines of the party stipulates that delegates should be elected or emerge through consensus. But none was followed. They sat down in the palace of their thugs, wrote names and sent it to Abuja for us to accept hook, line and sinker, but that will never happen.”
However, Kaduna State chapter of the party has dismissed the allegations that the party delegate conference was manipulated to favour the governor’s candidates.
In a statement in Kaduna, Acting Publicity Secretary of the party, said those complaining about the congress were losers who had wanted to hijack the affairs of the party.
He said: “The good conduct of our party stalwarts and members across the state has been consistent and notable, and the state executive wishes to place on record its gratitude to our members.”
“We appreciate and commend the dedication of the team from the national headquarters of our party who organized the exercise, and officials of INEC that monitored the congress.”
:”The APC in Kaduna State welcomes the outcome of the Congress, an exercise that demonstrated and consolidated the party as a united entity, vibrant and supportive of the values that brought the APC into being. We call on the national headquarters of the party to expedite action towards enabling us to fill party offices that are currently occupied by officials in acting capacity, as provided for in the APC constitution.”
He said those complaining were those who “want to tarnish the reputation of the party. In fact, these persons have been unrelenting in their effort to destroy the party and sap the spirit of its members. They have failed over three years, but they continue trying. They abuse the party process, and accuse the party of every ill, but their real goal is to hijack it.”
“As leaders of the APC, charged with the duty of managing the party in Kaduna State, it is obvious that we are obliged to reject and dismiss any attempt to hijack what is entrusted in our care
“The party is aware that these disloyal persons feel frustrated that they were not able to sabotage the congress we just conducted. As is their habit whenever party spirit defeats their politics of ego, these persons will soon be making wild claims. They cannot be considered serious.”
“The APC cannot indulge those who wish to destroy it. It cannot take things lightly with power mongers, who ascribe powers and dubious privileges to themselves without the legitimacy of any democratic mandate or altruistic leadership.
“If these disaffected persons have any legitimate grievances, they are advised to follow proper channels. The APC will not tolerate anti-party activities. Politicians must learn that a party will not die just because they did not win internal elections or secure places for their preferred cohorts.”
“This party will not be hijacked or derailed by those wedded to a medieval conception of politics. The APC wishes the general public to note that anybody or group that needs to add an adjective to the APC name thereby confirms that it is nothing but an illegitimate contraption. The door of the party remains open to those ready to accept party discipline. Our arms stand ready to embrace those who value party loyalty and democratic values.
“Let it be known that we the executives and stakeholders of the APC in Kaduna State remain loyal to the government that our party has produced in Kaduna State.” Wusono maintained.
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