The All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied that it suspended the party’s Ward Congresses held in Zamfara State on Saturday 13th, November 2021.
National Secretary, APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Sen. John James Akpanudodehe, stated this in a statement sent to SWITCH NIGERIA.
Akpanudodehe said the rebuttal became necessary after the attention of the party was drawn to the “uninformed and misguided comments” by Senator Kabiru Marafa regarding APC ward congresses in the state.
According to him, the APC recieved intelligence reports bordering on the security of the Zamfara State APC Ward Congress Committee, hence the need to temporarily suspend their activities.
He also said that necessitated the letter of 5th November, 2021 to the Chairman of the Committee, Alh. Ibrahim Kabir Masari, only.
“After evaluation and consultations, the Committee, in a letter dated 10th November, 2021 was okayed to proceed with the conduct of the Zamfara State Ward Congresses on Saturday 13th, November 2021, which Sen. Marafa participated. This had nothing to do with the 21 days notice for the conduct of Wards, Local Government Areas and State Congresses in Zamfara State earlier sent to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which subsists,” he said.
“The letter to Alh. Ibrahim Kabir Masari which Sen. Marafa is brandishing is an internal administrative correspondence and was not copied to INEC nor any other agency or person(s) as the case may be.
“This clarification is necessary to guide Sen. Marafa and his cohorts who seem bent on misleading our teeming party members in Zamfara State.”
The APC secretary said the party will not join issues with Sen. Marafa, who is supposed to be one of the party leaders in Zamfara state but choses to denigrate the party and its leaders, it is important to set the records straight.
He advised the senator and his “cohorts” not to reduce the political issues to a contest of personalities but submit to party supremacy and internal dispute resolution structures adequately provided for by the APC constitution.
He maintained that “anything outside this amounts to insubordination and indiscipline and the APC constitution is very clear on this.”