Gombe APC reconciliation panel demands compensation for aggrieved aspirants
The All Progressives Congress (APC) reconciliation committee in Gombe State has implored Governor Muhammadu Yahaya to refund nomination form fees paid by all state assembly aspirants who lost the party’s primaries, reappoint those appointees that sought the National Assembly tickets as well as make those not hitherto appointees special advisers.
The committee, while presenting its report to the governor, yesterday, said the recommendations were in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive.
According to the chairman, who is also the state Deputy Governor, Manasseh Jatau, it was not an easy task bringing the aggrieved APC members to table for discussion, but for their loyalty to the party that took better part of them.
“Almost all of them were not ready and willing to host and discuss with us, but at the end, they honour us and we were able to convince them to remain in the party,” he stated.
Represented by the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Ibrahim Dasuki Jalo, the deputy governor later told newsmen that the committee went across the three senatorial zones to pacify the aspirants, who complained about the manner the APC primaries were conducted among others.
They alleged that the processes were shrouded and not clear to majority of them who nurtured and sustained the party.
“After due persuasion, they opened up to us and at the end they agreed to remain with us in APC,” he said.
However, Yahaya stated that though it is difficult and uneasy to implement, “we shall try and make sure that all your recommendations are implemented,” he assured.
Meanwhile, Senator Bulus Amos of Gombe South, who was denied return ticket at the party primaries, has taken the party to court, challenging the whole exercise.
Jalo however commented that the committee tried to convince him to withdraw the case which he refused, “but he is still in APC, as he won’t decamp.”