Ahead of the ward congress of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State has thrown his weight behind the consensus arrangement agreed upon by party leaders in the state.
The governor made his position known during a meeting of
party leaders and stakeholders in Kano on Sunday.
A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Abba Anwar and obtained by PlatinumPost in Abuja, said the meeting attracted members of the National and State Assemblies, party leaders and elders, former deputy governors, among others.
Speaking at the meeting, Ganduje who is the leader of party in the state, said: “I am delighted to see that you have all decided that the forthcoming Ward Congress, slated for Saturday, 31st July, be conducted under consensus arrangement. This decision of yours, will surely strengthen the process and make our party to be more peaceful.
“We thank you for taking this decision. We were happy with the result we saw last time during our local governments election, when we followed your advice, the stakeholders.
“It was only in one local government, when primary election took place in filling our candidate for the Chairmanship. And at the end of it, it was the person, who was earlier endorsed by the stakeholders, that made it.”
The consensus arrangement, according to the governor that was embraced during the local government election, was what saved the party from plunging into crisis.
Emphasising that, “We don’t want crisis in our party, that is why we are always determined to accept decision of our stakeholders at whatever level in the state.”
He further urged that, “As we are going for confirmation of our consensus, during the Ward Congress, we must make sure that, those to emerge as leaders, are loyal party members, who are committed and determined in the spirit of our party. As we are facing general elections.”
The governor however warned that , “all confirmation of our consensus must be held at party offices at ward levels. Not in any other person’s residence. Party process and procedures must be respected.
“We are sending monitors and observers to come and see how the process will be conducted. Members of the Press are free to go and see. So also members of civil society groups. They can all go and see democracy in action,” he concluded.
Others who spoke at the meeting were also in support of consensus arrangement for the ward congress and other congresses.
Those who spoke included the State Party Chairman, Abdullahi Abbas, Speaker State House of Assembly, Engineer Hamisu Ibrahim Chidari, Majority Leader, House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado Doguwa and Commissioner for Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs, Murtala Sule Garo.
They also commended the governor’s leadership style, saying it was good for the progress and strength of the party, even as they assured that they would all do their best, to make sure that the party wax stronger.
The statement said party chieftains who attended the meeting include commissioners and other members of the State Executive Council, chairmen of the 44 local governments, party chairmen from all 44 local governments, Caucus leaders from all the 44 local governments, among other stakeholders.
Those who could not make it to the meeting, including Senators Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya, Ibrahim Shekarau, the two ministers from Kano, sent in their apologies.