Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, has cautioned the warring parties in the Kano State chapter of the party against creating problem that may lead to a volatile situation in the state.
Oyegun’s caution came just as the rift that pitted the state Governor, Abdullhi Umar Ganduje, against his predecessor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, seems far from receding as the 36 state lawmakers and the state executives of the party yesterday insisted on suspending the former state Chairman of the party, Umar Haruna Doguwa, and the Organising Secretary, Sanusi Sirajo Kwankwaso.
Addressing a delegation of the party stakeholders from at the APC national secretariat in Abuja yesterday, Oyegun said allowing crisis to rock a state as sensitive and volatile as Kano would spell doom for governance of the state.
“So it is in our interest, your interest and certainly our interest in the national secretariat to ensure that this differences between two of our very prominent leaders in state must not go any further and does not become yet another issue so that we will be feeding the media.
“Let me warn that the greatest disservice we can do to ourselves now is to have wars within the party in a state as critical to us as Kano. Kano is an important and critical state to the APC.
“The country, though no fault our, is going through more difficult time. We took over in a situation that was worse than we expected. So all of us in the party must unite behind our chief executives, the president and the governors,” he said.
Oyegun said the party had already appointed a three-month team led by a Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Lawal Shuaibu; the party’s National Secretary, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni, and the National Organising Secretary, Osita Izunaso, to mediate in the crisis.
“I am also aware that the governors have also waded in. Lastly, I am aware that traditional rulers in the state have also meddled in this issue. It is a situation that we must not as a party allow to blossom. We must nip it in the bud because it is unnecessary, a most distracting thing capable of causing problem in a state as sensitive, and to some extent, as volatile as Kano,” the party chief added.
While making their position known to the national chairman of the party, the Chief Whip, House of Representative, Hon. Ado Doguwa, who led the delegation, clarified that they decided to stand behind the state governor as the leader of the party in the state, “not because we hold anybody in suspect, but to respect the establishment.”
He said the decision to relieve the chairman of APC in the state, Doguwa, and Organising Secretary, Kwankwaso, still subsists, adding that Hon. Abdullahi Abbas had been appointed as caretaker Chairman while Ahmed Muhammed as acting Organising Secretary.
The delegation was made up of 36 members of the state House of Assembly, members of the Kano elders committee, former members of the House of Representatives, 38 local government area chairmen, 36 local government area chapters of APC executives and 19 members of the House of Representatives.
Doguwa said: “We are here to present the voice of the people of APC in the state. What we did was to present to you this document which is the resolution of the State Working Committee (SWC) of our party. Politics is all about the grassroots, so we are here to present the voice of our local people to you.
“While we appreciate all the peace efforts you are making at the centre within the rank of the party, we will like you to, with due respect, respect the voice of the people, the voice of change and the position that will put the party on the right path in tandem with the dictates of the party.”