APC ward congresses: Buhari’s kinsmen threaten court action

Kinsmen of President Muhammadu Buhari on Sunday threatened to go to court over the alleged manipulation of the results of the All Progressives Congress ward congresses in the state by Governor Aminu Bello Masari.

They alleged that there were no congresses in the state and warned the governor against releasing any results.

A group of leaders of the party in Katsina State, led by Abdulkadir Damale and Hassan Isah, in a statement on Sunday in Katsina, said: “We wish to draw the attention of the national leadership of the APC that no ward congress was conducted in Katsina State.

“In Katsina State, the electoral officials sent from the national headquarters of the party were hijacked by officials of the state government.

“These state government officials sat in the government house and other undesignated venues and filled the result sheets with the names of people selected by government officials.

“We, therefore, reject any purported release of result as an outcome of the ward congress.

“We are calling on the APC national headquarters to set-up a committee to investigate this illegality.”
It said that setting up a committee to investigate what happened was the only way to restore public confidence and ensure the support of party members ahead of next year’s election.

It said: “We are prepared to proceed to the court if any result is announced.”

Contacted, Mohammed Tanko, chairman of the ward congress election committee in Katsina State, dismissed the claims that no election was held in the state.
Tanko said: “We actually conducted elections in all the 34 local governments; the turnout was massive and we ensured that all aspirants were given equal opportunities.

“Since we arrived, we have not visited the government house; allegations that we sat at the government house and wrote names of government cronies are mere lies.
“Those making the allegations are suffering from inferior complex and may not even have come out to contest for any post. They merely want to smear our names.”
Tanko said that a committee had been set up to listen to complaints by aggrieved members, and advised those not satisfied to lodge their petitions.

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