Indications emerged at the weekend that all might not be well in the camp of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Katsina State following the splitting of the party by people believed to be loyalists of President Muhammadu Buhari in the state.
The spokesman of the new group in the party, Alhaji Baba Dahe Kurfi, told THISDAY on phone yesterday that the state Governor Aminu Masari, has betrayed the confidence and trust of the people who voted him into power to provide purposeful leadership, and that the state remains backward in terms of development.
Kurfi said loyalists to President Buhari who had been together with him in the last 16 years which include Senator M.T Liman, Dr. Usman Bugaje, Hon. Abdullahi Machika, Hannatu Musawa, Dr. Mansur Funtua, Hon. Gambo Danmusa, Alhaji Tijjani Zangon Daura and Hon. Sada Ilu were among those who held a meeting at the weekend in Kaduna where the decision to split the party was taken.
He said the internal bickering is as a result of alleged lack of democratic principles “as the governor has pocketed the party and its leadership without consulting the stakeholders.”
Some of the reasons he gave that made them to form their own faction of the party include:
- Governor Aminu Masari, has betrayed the confidence and trust of the people who voted him into power to provide purposeful leadership, and that the state remains backward in terms of development.
- That the governor has pocketed the party and its leadership without consulting the stakeholders.
- That the state government collected bailout and Paris club fund but there was no single project of even N1 billion in the state besides painting of schools which the government embarked on without providing instructional materials for educational development in the state.
- He also alleged that the governor appointed the publicity secretary of the party as acting state party chairman instead of following the democratic process.
- Lack of internal democracy in the party in the state.
- Appointing some opposition party members into executive council by the Governor, knowing fully they voted for PDP in the 2015 general elections.
According to him, “All options are open to us. We will not fold our arms and allow someone to ruin our integrity by promoting undemocratic attitude in our party.”
It was also learnt that the new group has all the governorship aspirants on the APC platform in the last 2015 elections.
The group also called on the national leadership of the party to take urgent steps to check what it described as the “lack of internal democracy in the party in the state,” warning that if the situation is not quickly controlled by the national leadership of the party, the party risked losing in 2019 elections in the state.
Kurfi accused the state governor of appointing some opposition party members into his executive council, stating that those who were openly known to have voted for PDP in the state were now enjoying the administration.
“What kind of administration is Masari operating in our state? “This warning is coming against the backdrop of glaring division and needless bickering among the various stakeholders and their supporters over the purported hijack of the party by Masari without consultation.
“It is unfair for our state governor to show clear bias by imposing people of his own choice without consulting the party stakeholders. Since coming to power, Masari has never consulted the stakeholders of the party for any advice.
“This possible scenario does not augur well for our collective interest as a party, and except something is done urgently by the national leadership, the party would be divided,” he added.
All effort to contact the state acting APC Chairman, Mr. Shitu S. Shitu, proved abortive.