The ruling APC told us not to tolerate PDP no more. Through public votes, the party succeeded in ousting PDP during the presidential election which took place on May 29. Just about 6 months after the historic victory, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has broken apart in Kaduna state. The big question remains; is the party going to urge the public to vote the ruling party APC or the new APC?
According to Leadership, APC has torn into two in Kaduna state and the new APC group has called itself ‘True APC’. The Members of the new wing are reportedly angry at the way the current governor of the state is leading the state. They are said to hate the fact that the state governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, did not work towards the change mantra the party represents. They also accused the governor of not providing the people of Kaduna the real change they craved for that made them pile votes for the party in the last election which swept him to victory.
According to reports, the new wing called ‘True APC’ has the following as members, the retired permanent secretary, Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, Hajiya Hafsat Baba, ex 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. The new wing members described themselves as responsible and hardworking people who will not continue to remain silent while the huge expectations of Kaduna people are betrayed.
The publicity secretary of the new faction, Alhaji Murtala Abubakar stated that:
“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” also said that what is most disturbing is the lack 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” .
In reaction 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, stated that all El-Rufai’s policies are in agreement with the party’s manifestos, constitution and ideology.
Wusono urged member to remain loyal saying that the ‘True All Progressives Congress’ is one of the foolish behaviors of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party to damage the good reputation of the party as well as distracting both APC and Governor El-Rufai.
In the words of Wusono:
“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”.
Moreover, Governor Nasir El-Rufai expressed that he is worn-out being governor already as there are lots of back-breaking tasks to address.