Lalong Appointed Only His Loyalists During Plateau APC Congresses, Party Chieftain Alleges

Lalong Appointed Only His Loyalists During Plateau APC Congresses, Party Chieftain Alleges

  • A top chieftain of the APC in Plateau state has called for the congresses in the state to be cancelled immediately
  • Hon. Abok Nuhu Ayuba also called for new congresses to be conducted in the north-central state through consensus
  • Ayuba, a factional Speaker of the Plateau House of Assembly, in a petition to the APC leadership, called on the party to correct the mistakes in the state

FCT, Abuja - A factional Speaker of Plateau House of Assembly, Hon. Abok Ayuba, has petitioned Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) demanding total cancellation of congresses conducted in the state by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

The lawmaker said Governor Simon Lalong and his supporters didn't carry members of the House of Assembly, critical stakeholders, and other party faithful along in the process leading to the selection of executives from ward, local government, and the state.

Governor Lalong has been accused of dictatorship by a prominent APC member in Plateau state. Photo credit: Plateau state government
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In a petition seen by on Thursday, January 13 in Abuja, Hon. Ayuba said the governor Lalong can't talk about the national convention when Plateau state APC is still in crisis.

The petitioner appealed to the Buni-led leadership to correct what he described as injustice against majority members of Plateau APC by conducting fresh congresses in the state.

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The petition read in part:

“The governor of Plateau state has among other things being very undemocratic with the way party issues are handled.
“From the way he chose to oust the former chairman, Mr. Letep Dabang out of office because Dabang always threaded caution and advised against using unconfirmed reports from praise singers to make informed decisions and this didn‘t go well with the governor.

“The appointment of excos across all levels (ward, local government area, and state) this is what played out in Plateau state, the governor and his supporters didn't carry members of the House of Assembly along with critical stakeholders and party faithful.
“This move is currently generating tension among party faithful as they seem not to agree with this undemocratic measure. Some are even threatening legal action.”

While insisting that the ousted acting state chairman, Dabang, remain the recognised APC state chairman in Plateau state, the factional state Assembly Speaker, warned against the repeat of Zamfara state experience in Plateau state.

Governor Badaru terrorising APC members in Jigawa, stakeholders allege

Meanwhile, some founding members of the APC in Jigawa state, under the aegis of APC Stakeholders Forum, have petitioned the national leadership of the party.

The group alleged that the state governor, Muhammadu Badaru Abubakar is 'terrorising them,' even as they demanded the immediate cancellation of the recently concluded congresses in Jigawa.

The petition was signed by six leaders of the group, which include Alhaji Sani Ibrahim Taura, Barrister Hafizu Abubakar, Alhaji Bala Idi Kazaure, Mutari Garba Garki, and Saifullahi Muhammad Mudasshir.

APC convention: Mustapha vows to end internal crisis as party chair

In a related development, a frontline national chairmanship aspirant of the APC, Mallam Saliu Mustapha, has promised to adopt preventive diplomacy in crisis management if given the opportunity to emerge in the party's forthcoming national convention.

The Kwara state-born APC chieftain also promised to discourage a fire-brigade approach to party governance.

Mustapha made his plans known while speaking on Thursday, December 16, 2021, in Abuja at the second annual public lecture summit of the APC Press Corps attended by a reporter.


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