[contextly_auto_sidebar id=”AJAtHjjFdvLhirhWboV7LE71LZVI9plX”]Just 6 months after dragging the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) out of government, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has divided into two in Kaduna state.
Leadership reports that the new APC group has named itself ‘True APC’. Members of the new faction are said to have been unhappy because the state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, did not do anything in line with the change mantra the party represents. They also accused the governor denying the people of Kaduna the true change they yearn and voted for.
Members of the new faction include the retired permanent secretary, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, Hajiya Hafsat Baba, former ANPP chairman, Alhaji Kabir Umar, former education commissioner, Mr. Tom Mataimaki Maiyashi, Alhaji Lawal Maiturare, Nasiru Ahmed; special adviser on strategy to Senator Shehu Sani and Murtala Abubakar who is the publicity secretary.
Alhaji Murtala Abubakar who is the publicity secretary of the new APC said: “ members of “True –APC” are responsible people who successfully worked hard to remove the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and put our party in power, it is with tremendous reluctance that we make public, issues and grievances that should have the responsibility to address them. The group said there is no available avenue left and they would fail millions of people who expect the party to operate with requisite standard of responsibility and accommodation if they continue to remain silent. The same millions of people who require the state government under our great party to show sensitivity to the feelings of our people in the discharge of its mandate need to know where we stand on the disturbing issue of the clear contempt for decency being exhibited by the state administration.”
The “True-APC” went further to say that what is most alarming is the absence of functional and autonomous party structures in the state. ”The state has created a long distance between the state government and the teeming party members” .
Reacting to the news, officials of the APC passed a vote of confidence on Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s policies. The state acting publicity secretary of the party, Salisu Wusono, said all El-Rufai’s policies are in line with the party’s manifestos and agenda.
Urging members to remain loyal, Wusono said that the ‘True All Progressives Congress’ is one of the antics of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party to defame and distract both APC and the Governor El-Rufai.
Wusono said: “APC as a party has a manifesto and also has a constitution and we are working in line with the constitution of our party. We have only one APC in Kaduna State. The party in Kaduna has leadership and structure.We are running the affairs of the party according to the manifesto, constituion and ideology of APC. It’s laughable if somebody in Kaduna State said APC is not functioning because the party has a governor in Kaduna, 90 per cent of members in the state and national assemblies; so anybody who comes out to say APC in the state is in disarray is a joker”.
Meanwhile, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna recently said that he is tired of being governor already as there are lots of herculean tasks to address.