- Kwankwasiyya-led faction of the APC in Kaduna state has reportedly conducted a parallel ward congress in the state
- Chief John Halims O Agoda, chairman of the seven-man congress team sent to Kano by the APC national headquarters, however, disputed the claim
- He explained that the ward congress was conducted in all the 44 local government areas of the state
The division within the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kano may have deepened as the Kwankwasiyya-led faction of the party reportedly conducted a parallel ward congress in the state.
Chairman of the faction, Alhaji Haruna Umar Doguwa, was said to have disclosed this to newsmen.
However, in a swift reaction, Chief John Halims O Agoda, chairman of the seven-man congress team sent to Kano by the APC national headquarters claimed that he was not aware of any parallel congress conducted in the state by the faction.
Daily Trust reports that Doguwa explained that the ward congress was conducted in all the 44 local government areas of the state.
“We secured forms from the APC national headquarters for the aspirants that come through us and they made payments through banks. They brought their bank tellers to us as evidence of payment and we allowed them participated in the congress.”
“When we came into Kano three days ago, we paid courtesy visits to several departments that are crucial to the success of the congress such as police, DSS and INEC as well as party stakeholders and intimated them of our mission to conduct APC congresses in the state. We have told them that all we need is peaceful congresses.
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“To be honest with you, as far as this team is concerned, we don’t have parallel congress in Kano. Nobody inform us about it and we are not party to it. The APC’s constitution is very clear about the congress.
“Where do they conduct the congress? Here we are at the APC secretariat conducting the coordinating the congress. Unless the national leadership of the party has sent another team to conduct another congress in the state, we are not aware of the APC Kwankwasiyya’s congress,"Agoda said.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that Dr Chris Ngige, Nigeria's minister of Labour and Employment reportedly escaped mob attack at a meeting of the All Progressives Congress in a hotel in Awka, Anambra state.
The meeting was for the harmonisation of the results of the recently held party’s ward congress. It was also reported that the minster was whisked away by security agencies as gunshots pervaded the scene.
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