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Congress: Ganduje claims victory, Shekarau alleges exclusion


KANO State Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, on Wednesday claimed that the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress, has accepted Abdullahi Abbas, as the state chairman of the party.

This was contained in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, in Kano, on Wednesday.

According to Anwar, Ganduje made the declaration shortly before the commencement of the State Executive Council meeting.

He quoted Ganduje as saying, “Party headquarters has recognised our election of Abdullahi Abbas as the state chairman of our party.

“It (APC national headquarters) also recognises all leaders elected during the state congress when Abdullahi Abbas emerged victorious.”

However, a member of the Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the APC, Ismal’il Ahmad, denied the claim saying the party was yet to recognise any candidate as the legitimate chairman in the state.

Ismail Ahmad, who doubles as the national youth leader of the party, said this during a radio programme, monitored by The Punch, in Kano, explaining that the party headquarters will deliberate on the matter before taking a decision.

According to him, the representatives of the party sent from Abuja to monitor the congresses, were yet to submit their reports

The PUNCH had reported that two factional leaders emerged from the October 16 state Congress of the party.

However, a former Governor of Kano State and Senator representing Kano Central Senatorial zone, Ibrahim Shekarau, who claimed that the governor was excluding party leaders from the party vowed to remain in the APC and continue to support the Zago-led faction of the party.

Shekarau wrote this on his official Facebook page on Wednesday.

He wrote, “I want to use this opportunity to inform our friends and associates in the state and our party, APC in Kano State.

“I, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau, led some elected National Assembly members and forwarded a complaint to the National Headquarters of APC on how the party is being run without involving us in the state.

“We are elected and our people have the right to know what is going on in the running of the party. We have already forwarded our complaint and it was accepted. We hope the issue will be resolved.

“I wish to inform our people that we will remain in APC forever. We have been patient but we will not allow ourselves to be fooled as we will not listen to anyone except the people at the national headquarters where we forwarded our complaint.

“I want to make it categorically clear that in Kano State, we recognised only Alhaji Ahmadu Zago as the elected APC chairman.”

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