APC Kaduna crisis deepens as factional Akida disowns El-Rufai ….I can’t be intimidated, distracted – El-Rufai
(Chairman, APC Akida, Tom Maiyashi supported by Sen Shehu Sani and Tijjani Ramalan at press briefing in Kaduna on Monday)
Internal crisis rocking All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State on Monday took another dimension when leadership of factional party known as APC Akida passed vote of no convidence on the State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai over anti people policies.
The faction, which has the big shots of the party in the state which include but not limited to Senator representing Kaduna central, Shehu Sani, APC gubernatorial aspirant who contested primaries back-to-back with El-Rufai in 2015, Isah Ashiru, Chairman, Liberty Media Group, Tijjani Ramalan as its members said, the party may look inward for a replacement of the governor ahead of 2019 election if he continue with his anti people policies that may wreck the hard-built political party in the state.
But in a swift reaction, Governor El-Rufai said those passing vote of no confidence on him are only revealing their economic and ego agenda which will not by any means distract him from discharging his constitutional responsibility to the citizens of the state.
Speaking through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Samuel Aruwan, the governor said those that paraded themselves as APC Akida are the ones who felt things must be done in their own way adding that, the agenda is purely an attempt to set the state on fire.
According to him, “if you are talking about APC in Kaduna especially those that are claiming to be APC Akida, none of them can compete with the governor of Kaduna state in terms of credentials.
“It is an agenda. It is purely economic and ego crisis for some people. People who thought they owned Kaduna state who felt if anything is happening in Kaduna they must be consulted.
“These are the people that have the history of disregard for our traditional institution but today, challenging the action of the state governor who is doing everything possible to restore the lost glory of our dear state back to move the state forward.
“The Kaduna state governor is focussed and it is God that has given him the mandate. The governor will not be distracted. The people of Kaduna State are with the governor. What APC Akida said does not hold water because the governor is not sharing any responsibility with anybody”, he added.
Addressing newsmen earlier in Kaduna, Chairman of APC Akida, Tom Maitamaki Maiyashi lamented that, the party is on the verge of total collapse because it has only produce a mega wrecking machine in the state that has destroyed the integrity of the party and taken the staholders to slaughter lab.
To these politicians, with the way things are going in the state, “APC Akida is passing vote of no confidence on the governor. We will consult widely if he continue with his anti people’s policies and then look inward for his replacement before the 2019 elections because we cannot afford to let him sink this party that took us time to built. We have several people that are have the charisma to run just the way El-Rufai came in then.
“The ‘change project’ has only succeeded in producing a mega wreck machine that has destroyed the integrity of our party and taken all of us to the slaughter lab. We will continue to work for peace and certainly protect and sustain the honour and integrity of our great party”, he stressed.
Highlighting some of what he described as anti party policies Maiyashi said, “two years down the line, our people have only witnessed greater hardships, dehumanization and complete disregard to the basic sense of humanity. Government policies have put the APC platform on a cliff running up to 2019 when we have to give account of our stewardship. We must not wait until its too late to effect correction.
“Destruction of community peace or mortgaging the future of our children whose state of education and development is hitting its worst level”.
He further alleged that, government of El-Rufai is characterized by intolerance of opinion contrary to his mindset adding that, instead, he has hired mercineries to attack individuals who dares any opinion meant to add value to public policy so far it is seen as against his policy.
“Regrettably, the state is walking into another circle of avoidable crises. This time around, it is the attack on traditional and community institutions that have sustained our sense of community for ages from pre-colonial days. The circular that contained information on sacking of over 4,000 district and village heads simply on the feeble reason of wage bill is worrisome and detrimental to peace process in the state.
“We put our communities and our elders on notice on this sensitive issue that governor is actually aiming at pulling down the traditional institution in its entirety.
“The state house of assembly should come come clean on this issue by publicly explaining to the people their role in this destructive policies and insulting policy that could potentially place community security on the edge”.
POSTED BY EDITOR (10-07-2017)