The Kaduna Chapter of the APC disclosed this at a stakeholders’ meeting with party leaders from the 255 electoral wards of the state on Saturday, September 16.
After the meeting held at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua Hall, Kaduna, the APC issued a communique stating that the party’s stakeholders “endorsed the duo of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Nasir El-Rufai for the 2019 elections, without prejudice to the right of other party members to seek these offices in 2019”.
The communique, which was signed by Samaila Suleiman, member representing Kaduna North Federal Constituency; John Audu Kwaturu, Deputy Speaker, Kaduna State House of Assembly; Yahaya Baba Pate; Acting Secretary, APC Kaduna State, and Lanti Halima Hyet, Former IMC Chair, Jaba LGA, also emphasized the supremacy of the party.
“The party will discipline and sanction members that are working against the APC’s progress and unity.
“It was also resolved unanimously that there is only one APC leadership in Kaduna State under the leadership of its Acting chairman, Alhaji Shuaibu Idris.
“The stakeholders also resolved to pursue genuine reconciliation with aggrieved members who, despite their grievances, have shown a deep commitment to the progress and stability of the party in the state,” the communique noted.
The meeting was attended by Governor El-Rufai, two of the senators from the state, members of the House of Representatives and the State House of Assembly, as well as political appointees at both federal and state levels.
At the event, the state Governor Nasir El Rufai also apologized to APC members in the state for any offense any government or party official may have caused them in the discharge of their duties.
The state Acting Chairman of the Party, Shuaibu Idris, who presided over the meeting, thanked those who attended for standing by the party to overcome threats to its unity in the state.
In a related development, the APC has concluded plans to send its emissaries to former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar to find out his grievances against the party.
Consequently, the party might apply sanctions against the former vice-president over his alleged disparaging utterances against the party, if found guilty, according to the Punch.
Disclosing the development, the Organising Secretary of the Adamawa State chapter of the APC, Ahmed Lawan said:
“Plans by the state working committee to wade into the issue have been delayed by the participation of some members of the state exco, who travelled to Saudi Arabia to observe the hajj.
“Some of our members, including the chairman of the APC in the state, are on hajj; we are only waiting for them to return and we are going to discuss this issue.
“Definitely, our meeting is going to dwell on Atiku, perhaps we may form a committee to reach out to the former vice-president to ask him what his grievances are. Definitely, if there’s anything we can do as a party at the state level, we will do.”
According to Lawan, the APC has ways of dealing with any of its members, and if it finds sufficient grounds, especially with the rumours associated with the former vice-president, the party will not hesitate to take action.
While dismissing reported cracks within the party, he said the party was however worried by recent utterances credited to the former vice-president, including his remarks that the party abandoned him.
“The utterances of the former vice-president only portrayed him as a man whose sole motive for contributing to the success of the party is to profit from it, whilst it ought to have been selfless. We all sacrificed, nobody wanted to get something from it.
“If you want to contest, you wait for 2019 to test your popularity. If you are very popular, the people will listen to you and vote for you. There’s no need for any utterance which is capable of portraying the party in bad light.
“We are very surprised that the former vice-president came out to say the party didn’t reward him, which is like saying the party didn’t reward him enough. We all sacrificed, nobody did it because we wanted to get something out of it,” Lawan said.
On the mode of the planned meeting with Atiku, he said, “When our committee meets him, if definitely what he’s saying is against the APC, the party is going to take action on it; but if he lodges his complaints and the party feels there’s merit in what he’s saying, then definitely the party will look into it.
“But for now, we are waiting for the members of Exco to come back. We will summon a meeting and then take a decision.”