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Kano APC crisis: ‘We want on 55 percent structure with party chairman or nothing’ — Shekarau group

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The crisis in Kano APC has continued to generate controversy, with a group led by a former governor of the state, Ibrahim Shekarau, standing its grounds on its proposal to the national leadership of the party.

The group had on February 8 wrote to the national headquarters of the party, protesting that all the proposals tabled before it were not considered.

In another letter to the party leadership dated February 9 and jointly signed by Senator Ibrahim Shekarau (APC-Kano Central), Senator Barau Jibrin (APC-Kano North), Tijjani Jobe (APC-D/Tofa/Rimingado Federal Constituency), Nasiru Gabasawa (APC-Gezawa/Gabasawa Federal Constituency), Haruna Dederi (APC-Karaye/Rogo Federal Constituency), Sha’aban Sharada (APC-Kano Municipal Federal Constituency) and Shehu Dalhatu (Chairman, Buhari Support Group), the group insisted on getting 55 percent of the party structure as well as the party chairman.

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They also demanded that the government appeal against the judgement of an FCT High Court be withdrawn to demonstrate their sincerity.

“We are in receipt of your letter dated 8th February, 2022 in respect of the above stated subject matter, served on our leader, H.E. Dist. Senator Ibrahim Shekarau (Sardaunan Kano) on the 9th February 2022, and it is in response thereto, we hereby write you.

“We will continue to recognize your genuine intention to strengthen the APC through initiatives of reconciliation and peace building wherever the party faces internal disputes. Further, we are confident that you are competent to make all the right decisions to move our party generally, and Kano State chapter particularly, forward and put it back on the path of progress.

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“The constitution of our great party has clear and unambiguous provisions in respect of the different caucuses of the party. We find it inappropriate to be subjected to any other suggested composition of the L.G. Caucus.

“It is because of the aforementioned reasons and more, that we forwarded to you our response to your letter of 7th February, 2022 and now hereby reaffirm that:

“1. We still stand by our proposal of 55% with the State Chairman in our favour while conceding 45% of the party positions to them Governor’s side, without any further compromise.

“2. Any reconciliation Committee and/or reconciliatory engagements must not be headed by the governor as he is a party to all the disagreements.

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“3. The continuation of the reconciliation process must be subject to the withdrawal of all appeals filed by the Governor’s side as evidence of a transparent process capable of strengthening our confidence.

“We urge you, to have a deep introspection on the fault-lines in the Kano State chapter of our great party and do all that is necessary by following legal and constitutional means, to redeem our situation.

“As always, we pray for Allah’s guidance and protection to you and your able team in your endeavours,” the letter read.

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