Congress: Crisis Looms In Bauchi APC Over Imposition Of Chairman, Other Officials

From :Segun Babatunde in Bauchi

There is a potential crisis ibrewing in the Bauchi State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the emergence of its state chairman and other officials.

Our Correspondent reports that members are poised for a showdown with top party men, including a former Speaker, Right Honourable Yakubu Dogara and Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, over possible imposition of party officials.

The development, our correspondent gathered has heightened tension among members of the opposition party in the state following the secrecy and cover- up that highlighted the party’s Saturday Congress in the state.

There was tight security at the party’s state secretariat located on Maiduguri road in Bauchi metropolis to prevent any untoward event.

A source also informed journalists that party leaders in the state were “at the moment” holding a meeting with stakeholders on the way forward behind closed doors.

The meeting, according to the source, was summoned to iron out certain grey areas over who got what in the state executive council of the party in order to avoid any potential crisis.

It was gathered that while Malam Adamu, who is the leader of the party in the state was said to be insisting on his anointed candidate becoming the next party chairman, members rejected a candidate brought forward by Dogara.

It was further learnt that Adamu’s preferred candidate was not being accepted by majority of members who alleged that he was not an active member of the party, which lost power in the state in 2019.

Another source informed that a faction of the party is seeking continuation in office for the outgoing incumbent caretaker chairman, Alhaji Uba Nana, which is being opposed by many party members.

Those opposed to Nana’s emergence as substantive chairman of the party based their opposition on the ground that he was in office when crisis hit APC in the build up to the 2019 general election, which saw some chieftain leaving the party and its eventual ouster from government by the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

A member of the outgoing caretaker committee of the party, who spoke with journalists on condition of anonymity, informed that party leaders were doing everything possible to avoid another round of crisis in the party.

When asked what the leaders were doing, the outgoing official simply said, “What we are doing is top secret of the party. As soon as we are done, we will let you know what we want you to know”.

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