THE Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the All Progressive Congress, has said it was yet to be served a certified true copy of the court judgement recognizing the Senator Ibrahim Shekarau-led faction of the party in Kano State.
National Secretary of the APC, Senator John Akapnudoedehe, said this while responding to questions about the crisis in the Kano State chapter of the party, in Abuja, on Monday.
He said, “We are responsible leaders of the party and we won’t like to comment on a judgement that we haven’t seen.
“All I can tell you now is that we are going to apply for a Certified True Copy of the judgement. We haven’t seen it. We need to study the judgement.”
Akpanudoedehe also denied claims that the CECPC sent two separate teams to conduct congresses in Kano during the last exercise.
He said, “We didn’t give letters to two Committees. How could we have done that? We won’t put fire in our own house, we know the people we gave official letters to go to Kano and conduct official assignments. That’s the team we will accord recognition to.”
He, however said, whatever the issues are, they would be resolved amicably because the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led CENCPC, remains committed to actualizing its core mandate of reconciling members and organizing an all-inclusive national convention.
A faction of the APC loyal to former Kano State Governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, and supporters of incumbent Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, are currently locked in a battle for the control of the state party structure.
Things got to a head during the recently concluded Ward, Local Government Area and State congresses when supporters of the two factions held parallel congresses.
While the Ganduje faction returned Abdullahi Abbas as chairman, the Shekarau faction produced Ahmadu Zago better known as Danzago.
A federal High Court sitting in Maitama, Abuja last week, voided congress held by the Ganduje faction and upheld those held by Shekarau’s faction.
The head of the team sent by the Buni-led CECPC, to Kano, Auwwal Ibrahim, in a separate interview with newsmen in Abuja, said, “It (congress) was very fair and very cordial because we were drafted from the national headquarters of the party with my name and the names of our members.
“We collected our mandate from the APC headquarters through the office of the Director of Organisation, Professor Al-Mustapha Mednaer.
“We went to the congress with all the materials and we conducted the congress in Kano without any hitches. We met with all the stakeholders, from the governor to the local organising committee. We did what we did and we came back with the result to the national secretariat.
“All my members were with me. I have the pictures, including motion pictures to prove that we were all together at the Congress. We were seven all in all and everybody signed the results sheets and the report.”
Asked if he was aware of a parallel congress while he was in Kano, he said, “I was aware of it on the day of the congress.
“While the congress was going on, the chairman of the local organising committee who happened to be a one-time deputy governor of Kano state called me and informed me that there was a parallel congress going on around one village near the prison yard.
“I told them that as far as I was concerned, I was sent from the national headquarters with the mandate to come and conduct the congress.
“So, I told him that I was the genuine chairman of the congress and we have the consent and agreement of the national headquarters to come and conduct the exercise. I told him that I am not aware of any parallel congress that was going on and I told him that they won’t be recognised by the party.”