Bauchi APC Congress: Tension mounts as stakeholders call for transparency

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By Akanji Alowolodu, Bauchi

There is palpable tension in Bauchi over the All Progressives Congress (APC) state congress as the party has been polarized into factions and groups with each doing everything possible to emerge victorious at the end of the exercise. 
Though majority of the members agreed on consensus as enshrined in the party’s constitution, they argued that the process that will lead to the consensus should be transparent enough in order to be acceptable by majority of the members. 
Aminu Tukur who is a political associate of former Speaker of the House of Reps, Yakubu Dogara and he expressed skepticism about the arrangements for the Congress in Bauchi state considering the uncertainty in the build up. 
He said that, “as of 4.30pm on Friday, we have not got the position of the exercise. In a situation whereby only a few individuals will sit down to decide the fate of millions of people does not augur well for the development and growth of the party”. 
Aminu Tukur added that, “as for us in the Bogoro /Dass /Tafawa Balewa Federal Constituency, things will go well because we have a proper understanding of the situation. I am not sure of other areas of the state. Things are not done openly”. 
On its own, a political pressure group, APC Movement Awareness Forum in a press statement it issued called for transparency in the conduct of the congress saying that a level playing field should be created for everyone to participate in the exercise. 
According to the release signed by Idris Inuwa LK, Chairman; Musa Sani, secretary; Ibrahim Lalu, PRO and Alh Aziz Mai’ajiyi, the group warned that crisis should be avoided during the conduct of the exercise so that what happened in 2019 that led to the defeat of the party. 
The group further warned that everything should be done in the interest of the people and growth of the party saying that, “even if there will be consensus, the aspirants should be allowed to discuss amongst themselves and come to agreement, there should be no imposition any leaders”. 
As for Salisu Zakari, the party should allow people to express themselves freely before, during and after the exercise stressing that the most important thing is the unity of the party. 
The former member of the House of Reps called on the present leadership of the party to ensure that no imposition of leadership on the people if the party really wants to be in power in the state come 2023 general elections. 

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