The headquarters of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has said that it sent only one committee to conduct congresses in Kano, and that it is yet to receive the recent High Court judgement recognising Senator Ibrahim Shekarau-led faction.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that a High Court in Abuja last week sacked the executive members of the APC loyal to the state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje.
The court, presided over by Justice Hamza Muazu, upheld the congresses conducted by the Senator Ibrahim Shekarau led faction of the party.
The development has raised some political dusts in the Kano APC and culminated in repressions and arsons.
In reaction to the development on Monday, the Secretary of the APC, John Akpanudoedehe, said the party did not send parallel state congress committees to the state.
“We are responsible leaders of the party and we won’t like to comment on a judgement that we haven’t seen. All I can tell you now is that, we are going to apply for a Certified True Copy of the judgement. We haven’t seen it. We need to study the judgement.
“We didn’t give letters to two committees! How could we have done that? We won’t put fire in our own house. We know the people we gave official letter to go to Kano and conduct official assignment. That is the team we will accord recognition,” he said.
In a separate interview, Auwalu Abdullahi, who led the team that conducted the congress which produced the displaced Abdullahi Abbas as chairman, told journalists that the congress attended by Mr Ganduje was the authentic congresses.
“It was very fair and very cordial because we were drafted from the national headquarters of the party with my name and the names of our members. We collected our mandate from the APC headquarters through the office of the Director of Organisation, Professor Almustapha Medaner.
“We went for the congress with all the materials and we conducted the congress in Kano without any hitches. We met with all the stakeholders, from the governor to the local organising committee. We did what we did and we came back with the result to the national secretariat.
“I was aware of it on the day of the congress. While the congress was going on, the chairman of the local organising committee who happened to be a one time deputy governor of Kano state called me and informed me that there was a parallel congress going on around one village near the prison yard.
“I told them that as far I was concerned, I was sent from the national headquarters with the mandate to come and conduct the congress. So I told him that I was the genuine chairman of the congress and we have the consent and agreement of the national headquarters to come and conduct the exercise.
“I told him that I am not aware of any parallel congress that was going on and I told him that they won’t be recognised by the party,” he said.