- As HQ commends process
By Usman Usman Garba
Kano State Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has allayed fear over the Ward Congress of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), explaining that, the perceived legal fear was on Executive not Extraordinary Convention and Congress Committees.
“There is no fear. Because the Supreme Court ruling is referring to the Executive of our party at the national level. But we do not have Executive. What we have is Extraordinary Committee on Convention and Congresses all over the country,” he explained.
He made the remarks immediately after the Ward Congress at his Ganduje Ward, in Dawakin Tofa Local Government, Area that saw to the affirmation of APC leaders at his ward, Saturday.
He explained further that, “What we have in place is an adhoc committee in charge of making arrangement for Convention and Congresses. Like what we have seen, what is going on now.”
The governor argued that, it was not an Executive National Committee of the ruling APC, “…but an extraordinary arrangement in order to ensure peaceful Convention and Congresses of our great party. So we have no fear at all.”
On Kano Ward Congress, Governor Ganduje reminded that, they had a meeting whereby agreement for consensus was reached, he said “We had consensus to that effect. So we don’t exercise any fear also.
“The majority will always have their own and the minority will have their say, anyway. So there is no way you get a 100 percent consensus.
“But then, what you have seen today, there is nobody who raises alarm over how we are peacefully conducting our affirmation exercise today.
“So those who have complaints, their complaints will be entertained. There is an Appeal Committee, which is coming round. It will listen to those with any complaint.
“We are happy to witness this democratic exercise. This exercise is democracy in action. I also invite you, to be conscious of responsibilities vested in you,” he disclosed.
The representative of APC National Headquarters, Dr. Tony commended the process in the state and urged all those officials to always stick to party’s philosophy.
“I can see that election is conducted, consensus done and affirmation done also. We thank His Excellency the Governor for the process. I am happy to also see women participation in the process,” he appreciated.
On his part the Chairman Congress Committee in Kano, former Speaker, State House of Assembly, Alhaji Ya’u Abdullahi ‘Yan Shana revealed that, “All the 27 seats in the leadership of the party at Ganduje Ward, all seats were elected through consensus. The consensus was peaceful as I witnessed in all the places I visited today across the state.”
He added that, “Everywhere we visited there was mass turn out, just as we are seeing here. In all the 27 positions, each position was contested by only one person.