The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) partyon Saturday conducted its ward congress in all the 361 electoral wards in Katsina state.
The ward congress is expected to set the stage for local government congresses, which is expected to hold in the 774 local government areas of the 36 states of the federation including the Federal Capital Territory.
Our sources who visited Tsanni, Yar-Gemji, Kafur and Malumfashi electoral wards in the state reports that the congress holds simultaneously, and was conducted peacefully.
Barrister Mohammad Tanko Zakari, the state Committee Chairman of the Ward Congress, told journalists earlier in Katsina that the committee under his leadership would ensure a level – playing field for all candidates.
According to him, the party’s National Working Committee set up the committeesin line with powers conferred on it by the APC constitution, appealing to members toadhere strictly to the mandates given to them.
He said the party guidelines stipulated thatthe venue for all the elections shall be the APC ward offices where they exist and thatwhere there is none or the existing one for any reason, becomes unsuitable, the ward and local government congress committee“shall identify a convenient and conducive venue for the congress.”
The Chairman, Ward Congress Committee in Katsina State and the Deputy National Treasurer of the All Progressive Congress, APC, also assured that there would be no imposition of candidates in the ward congress in the state.
According to him, “We held a session with allstakeholders to discuss with them all modalities in the conduct of the election. We briefed them and the bottomline is to have free, fair and issue free congress.
“We have provided opportunity for any party member who is so desirous to contest for any of the ward congress offices to buy forms and have privilege of running for any position. Everyone is given free opportunity to participate.
“In those areas where there are no contest, we have the permission of the National headquarters to conduct our congress via consensus.
“An appeal committee for those with greviances is also in place to entertain complains,” Bar. Zakari said.
In a related development, the State Police Command said it has deployed over 3,000 officers and men for the exercise in the state.
The Command’s spokesperson, DSP Gambo Isah said the officers are to work hand in hand with other sister agencies to ensure smooth conduct of the exercise.