- The authorities in the ruling APC say authentic congresses were held in Kano state contrary to some reports
- Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, the acting secretary of the party said only one committee was sent to the state to conduct the exercise
- Barrister Auwwal Ibrahim who led the team that conducted the exercise also stated that they conducted the congress in line with the party's mandate
The APC national leadership also said it was waiting to receive and study the recent High Court judgement recognising Senator Ibrahim Shekarau's faction in the state.
National Secretary of the APC CECPC, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe gave the assurance on Monday, December 6 while speaking to journalists including a Legit.ng reporter in Abuja.
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“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.”
On the allegations that the APC CECPC sent two different committees to Kano to conduct the state Congress, Akpanudoedehe described the report as false.
“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 an official letter to go to Kano and conduct the official assignment. That's the team we will accord recognition.”
In a separate interview, Barrister Auwwal Ibrahim who led the team that conducted the exercise which produced the displaced Abdullahi Abass as chairman told journalists that the congress attended by Governor Ganduje was the authentic one.
He recalled that his seven-man team individually received an official letter from the APC director of organisation, Professor Mustapha Mednaer, assigning them the responsibility to proceed to Kano state to conduct the Congress.
“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 Al Mustapha Mednaer.
“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.
“All my members were with me. I have the pictures, including motion pictures to prove that we were all together at the congress. We were seven all in all and everybody signed the results sheets and the report.”
FCT high court sacks Ganduje-led APC faction in Kano
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the APC executive committee loyal to Governor Ganduje was sacked by an FCT high court.
Justice Hamza Muazu delivering the ruling on Tuesday, November 30, granted all the reliefs sought by the Shekarau faction.
The faction had sought a declaration that no ward and local government congresses were conducted by the Ganduje-led group.
Ganduje’s former deputy, Abubakar, dumps him for Shekarau
Earlier, Professor Hafiz Abubakar dumped the Ganduje-led faction and aligned with Shekarau loyalists.
Abubakar, a former deputy to Governor Ganduje during his first tenure left his principal's camp to join Shekarau before the court pronouncement.
Abubakar served as Ganduje's deputy between 2015 and 2018 but left the governor during the build-up of the 2019 general election when he contested for governorship under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party.