Emerging report indicates that the former Governor of Kano State and Senator representing Kano Central, Rabiu Kwankwaso, boycotted the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Ward Congress, in Kano State.
The Ward Congress at Madobi, the Local Government Area of Kwankwaso, was supervised by his political rival, the Kano State Commissioner for Rural and Community Development, Musa Kwankwaso.
Binta Sipikin, the Media Aide to the former Governor, disclosed that the APC members loyal to Kwankwaso broke out of the Congress, formed their own faction, and conducted separate Congresses in 484 Wards of Kano State.
She accused the Media of not covering their Congress, adding that, they are now compiling the result for onward submission to the APC National Headquarters, an indication that the factionalisation of the party will continue.
The State Government is however, unperturbed by the boycott, and has described the Congress as successful.
A statement signed by Abba Anwar, the Chief Press Secretary to the Kano State Governor, Umar Ganduje, said that the Governor described the Ward Congress as a unifying factor for the party at all levels, emphasising that: “Ours is to foster unity in democracy, for the overall development of our nation.”
After commending the party members for the peaceful conduct of the Congress, Ganduje said the way the Congress was conducted, was a clear indication that the people had accepted the party in all the 44 Local Governments in the State.
“The turn out is so encouraging, apart from being peaceful. This clearly indicates that APC’s performance in governance is being acknowledged and appreciated by Nigerians”, he added.
He called on the elected Executive members of the party to remember that APC is a people-oriented party that believes in good service delivery in governance.
The Congress, according to the Governor, shows that Kano State is still intact for President Muhammadu Buhari.
“I urge you as newly elected Leaders of our great party, to ensure justice and fairness in all your dealings. I also urge you and other members of our great party, the APC, to work hard and see that the remaining Congresses are peaceful and successful”, he said.