John Alechenu, Abuja
The crisis rocking the Kano State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has deepened following the rejection of the appointment of Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas as the state chairman by a faction loyal to former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso.
Our correspondent gathered in Abuja on Sunday that Kwankwaso’s loyalists, under the aegis of the Kwankwasiyya Movement, have written to the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, seeking the annulment of the appointment.
Abbas is a loyalist to the current state Governor, Umar Ganduje.
Kwankwaso and Ganduje have been embroiled in a battle of supremacy for the control of the state’s party structure while attempts to work out a compromise have yet to bear the desired fruits.
In a letter jointly signed by the APC’s National Treasurer, Alhaji Bala Gwagwarwa, and the former state party chairman, Umar Doguwa, the Kwankwasiyya group asked Odigie-Oyegun to reverse the decision taken by the Inuwa Abdulkadir-led North-West Zonal Committee.
In a letter dated January 27, 2017, which was sighted by The PUNCH on Sunday, the two party leaders said the decision taken by Abdulkadir, appointing Abbas as the Kano State chairman, was unacceptable.
They argued that the decision to appoint Abbas was at variance with the provisions of Section 21 (b) and (c) of the APC constitution.
Section 21(b) (i) reads, “A complaint by a member of the party against a public office-holder, elected or appointed or another member against a party organ or officer of the party shall be submitted to the Executive Committee of the party at all levels concerned which shall not be later than seven days of the receipt of the compliant, appoint a fact-finding committee or disciplinary committee to examine the matter.”
According to them, the National Vice-Chairman breached the provisions of the section by unilaterally constituting the Senator Mohammed Magoro-led fact-finding committee to look into the Kano crisis without recourse to the zonal body.
They enjoined the Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee of the party to reverse the appointment of Abbas in the overall interest of the party in the state in particular and the nation in general.
They explained that they wrote several letters of appeal to the NWC, the last one being that of December 13, 2016, calling for a reversal of the decision of the fact-finding committee.
They said to their utter disappointment, Abdulkadir ignored their concerns and issued Abbas an appointment letter.
The letter written to Odigie-Oyegun on the subject, which was sighted by our correspondent, partly read, “Sir, while our appeal is still pending in your office, another absurdity was perpetrated by Inuwa Abdulkadir by writing a letter of appointment to a purported new chairman for the Kano chapter of the APC.
“It is in this regard that we are once again compelled to write this letter to you and appeal for justice to be done in this matter in line with the stipulated provisions of the APC constitution.”
Attempts to get the reaction of Odigie-Oyegun were unsuccessful. Calls to his mobile were not returned. A response to a text message sent to him was still being awaited as of the time of filing this report. (Punchng.com)