Adamawa APC ward congress holds tomorrow
The late arrival of the national committee for congress and shortage of forms resulted in the postponement of All Progressives Congress (APC) ward congress in Adamawa State earlier slated for today.
Chairman of the committee, Alhaji Musa Mahmoud, who disclosed this to The Guardian yesterday night, had earlier told journalists in after a meeting in Government House that he came with more forms to ensure that nothing hampered the congress.
Earlier, there was a protest in Yola as the party faction loyal to Governor Muhammed Jibrilla Bindow allegedly refused to release forms for ward congress to a faction loyal to President Muhammadu Buhari, headed by Markus Gundiri, with the backing of former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), David Babachir Lawal.
Trouble started at the party secretariat about 11am when the Gundiri faction, in company of Alhaji Nuhu Ribadu, stormed the office to collect their forms, but was turned by the Organising Secretary, Alhaji Ahmad Lawan.
Furious, Gundiri and Ribadu drove to Lawal’s office along Bekaji road for a close door meeting.Ribadu, before leaving, told journalists that the congress might suffer setback due to the poor planning and manner things were been handle by some executive members of the party.
But defending his action, Lawan said the group violated the guidelines for payment for forms and based on that, the forms cannot be release to them, saying: “The guidelines say that nobody should paid up to N1million for bulk forms and some of these people paid N10 million. I directed them to go to national secretariat to resolve their problems.”
He said the forms cost N10, 000 for chairmanship and N2, 000 for delegates, pointing out that he arrived Yola Thursday night and commence sales of the forms yesterday.He dismissed the allegation that the governor paid N50 million for the forms, saying it was the handiwork of those working hard to destroy the party’s image in the state. Mahmoud affirmed Lawan’s earlier statement that those who pay for bulk forms without attaching names would not get the forms. He could not explain why such a rule was imposed in the middle of the exercise, instead of from the beginning.