- A leader of the APC in the north has debunked the declaration that the Zamfara state executive by the NWC
- Lawal Shuaibu said a subsisting court order has restrained the party's national headquarters from taking any action that can amount to the contempt of the court
- According to Shuaibu, the party's headquarters can not take any action except to ensure members of the executives do comply
The deputy national chairman, north of All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Lawal Shuaibu has refuted claim by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party that the Zamfara state executives of the party have been dissolved.
The national publicity secretary of APC, Yekini Nabena was reported to have said that the state's executives have been dissolved due to the crisis rocking the party.
But Shuaibu in a statement on Saturday, October 6, said "The news going round that the APC executive have been have been dissolved is not true."
He noted that a subsisting court order has restrained the party's national headquarters from taking any action that can amount to the contempt of the court.
According to him, the party headquarters can not take any action except to ensure members of the executives do comply.
"The true situation has been there is a subsisting court order asking the disagreeing parties in a petition challenging the legality of the process through which the state executive emerged, and the Court issued an order to maintain the status quo and should not take any step that would render nugatory the subject of the litigation which is the position of the party before June 5, 2018," Shuaibu said.
He said the NWC and the party in the sate were served and the national headquarters can therefore not take any action except to ensure members of the executives do comply.
Speaking on what transpired during the state primaries in the state, he blamed the whole scenario on the chairman of the the election committee who he said did not act "responsibly" before announcing the cancellation of the result.
Shuaibu said when the election committee went to Zamfara state to conduct the primaries, they took the sensitive materials along with them and deposited with the commissioner of police in the state.
"They called for a stakeholders meeting in which all aspirants were present as well as Heads of Security agencies in the state," Shuaibu noted.
"An agreement was arrived at by all Aspirants to the effect that teachers be recruited to conduct the primaries in each ward.
Afterwards, the process had begun in earnest and suddenly when there were skirmishes in some wards arising from activities of some thugs, some Aspirants started to send spurious allegations to the committee chairman seated at the state capital, who, without waiting to verify the truth in such allegations, decided to announce cancellation of the process when already more than 10 local governments were collating results, and immediately left the State with his team.
"To every right thinking person, he didn’t show responsibility when he abandoned the exercise without retrieving the materials as at the time of cancellation," he said .
He added that: "The big problem some members discovered, including some of the aspirants, is that the same Chairman of the Primaries Committee is a blood relation to one of the aspirants for which reason he could have been disqualified as he is an interested party."
"This is shocking and unacceptable!" he said
He argued that the meeting of the NWC held on Friday, October 5, decided that another committee be constituted and send back to Zamfara.
This, he said, remains the position of the NWC, and not sending the same committee back.
"To send the same committee led by the same chairman can not be said to be the NWC decision."
Shuaibu also kicked against asking some aspirants to submit list of people that will handle the election at the wards, for the same chairman to go and use in the state saying that such decision was wrong and can not stand as committees are usually given free hand to liaise with stake holders at local level and handle the process.
"The NWC can not dabble into local arrangements for conduct of any election but will ensure that guidelines are strictly adhered to by the committee.
"The NWC is not expected to change the rules in the middle of an election process, rather, the committee always uses the guidelines as their yardstick for judging the fairness of any election, especially in Direct system of primaries.
Our membership register is the book through which you identify members of the Party in every ward and it is clearly stated in the guidelines.
"It serves as our voters' register and anything short of it makes the process susceptible to hijack by non party members.
"That is what we know and that is what the NWC stands for," he concluded.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the chairman of the Senate committee on petroleum (downstream), Senator Kabiru Garba Marafa, has urged members of the APC in Zamfara state to remain calm and come out for the party primary election scheduled for Tuesday, October 2.
The senator urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris to stop Governor Abduaziz Yari from disrupting the process.
Governor Yari had while addressing newsmen in Gusau, the Zamfara state capital, recently threatened that there will be crisis in the state if the election is held in a certain way.
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