Some stakeholders of the ruling All Progressives Congress in Kogi State have called on the APC national leadership to avoid a repeat of the mistake that cost the party in Zamfara State.
In a statement by Rajan Suleiman (Ankpa/ Omala/ Olamboro), M. J. Aliu (Okene/Ogorimagongo Kabba/Bunu), Musa Bakare (Kabba/Bunu), Hajia Amina T. Musa (Ibaji/Idah/Igalamela/Ofu), Isiaka Ajanah (Okehi/Adavi) and others, the group urged the party to learn from the crisis that cost APC Zamfara State.
In the statement sent to the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, Deputy National Chairman (Nortrh) and Deputy National Chairman (South), the stakeholders pleaded with them to “intervene without further delay in the lingering intra-party crisis in Kogi State if the party is desirous of victory in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.”
The statement read, “Against the recent untoward development in Zamfara where the party suffered unmitigated electoral reverses, the current polarisation of the party structure in Kogi with two state executive committees jostling for the control of the party’s soul would not augur well for the party’s progress, especially as it prepares for a governorship election on November 16.
“It is common knowledge that while the Abdullahi Bello executive committee peopled by PDP chiefs who are yet to join the APC parades itself as the authentic leadership of the party in the state, the Hadi Ametuo executive committee is in court challenging the legitimacy of the other group.
“We verily believe that this development poses ominous danger and capability of depriving the party of its anticipated success in the November 16 election.
“It is unfortunate that since the death of Prince Abubakar Audu, the undeclared winner of the November 21, 2015 governorship election and the emergence of Alhaji Yahaya Bello as governor of the state, the leadership of the party has acted indifferently to the challenges posed by the novel development in the state.
“The former leadership of the party under Chief John Odigie-Oyegun refused to forge a synergy between the Audu/Faleke Group and the Yahaya Bello’s team populated by many leaders of the PDP that inherited the Audu Abubakar/Faleke’s unfinished electoral adventure.”