APC’s LG congress postponed in many states

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67dbc113f7dadba55111f22b554fcb99The local government congress of All Progressives Congress (APC) scheduled for Saturday kicked off in only few states with many postponing theirs.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that this was largely attributed to the same hiccups witnessed the previous Saturday which also led to many postponements.

In Taraba, the congress was postponed to Monday.

Mr Yahaya Duku, the Chairman of Taraba Congress Committee of APC, announced this at a news conference in Jalingo on Saturday.

Duku said the postponement was due to the inability of the committee to obtain ballot papers from the party’s headquarter in Abuja.

The chairman explained that it was better to wait and get the right ballot papers to conduct a free, fair and credible congress on Monday.

“Our party has printed ballot papers for state congress scheduled for April 23, but we have challenges with ballot papers for local government congress’’, he said.

Duku noted that apart from ballot papers, the committee was also facing insecurity and difficult terrains in some local council.

“You know there is curfew in Ibi Local Government and pockets of violence in Wukari, Donga and Takum local government areas of the state.

“It is difficult to operate in such areas but we are working with security agents and other stakeholders to overcome the challenges’’, he added.

Similarly, the congress was postponed indefinitely in Bauchi

Dr Almajir Gaidam, the Chairman, State Congress Committee for the state, told NAN that a new date  would be announced in due course.

Gaidam said the committee would ensure that appropriate measures were put in place for successful conduct of the local government congress.

He urged party members to remain loyal and continue to put their trust in APC, “the only party that would liberate the masses from the shackles of poverty.’’

NAN also reports from Yola that the party  suspended the congress in Adamawa.

The Secretary of state Congress Monitoring Committee, Dr Danjuma Dabo, said the congress had been shifted to Tuesday.

Dabo said the problem of logistics and complaints that followed Wednesday’s ward congress in the state were responsible for the shift.

Dabo added that the shift became necessary to give room for complaints to be resolved amicably for a smooth local government congress.

Also in Kano, the APC Congresses Supervising Committee shifted the congress to April 17.

The Chairman of the Committee in the state, Dr Mustapha Inuwa, told NAN in Kano on Saturday that the decision was to allow interested people to purchase the nomination forms.

“You know, we initially had logistics problems which compelled us to shift the ward congress to Saturday.

“So, the committee has agreed to shift the local government congress to Thursday instead, to allow all interested persons to purchase, fill and submit the forms in time’’, he said.

He expressed the hope that people would make the best use of the opportunity to submit their completed forms in time for the committee to process and display the list of candidates.

NAN also reports that the party’s ward congress is being conducted across the 484 wards of the state.

In Makurdi, officials of the Benue state chapter of the party said they had not received materials to conduct the local government congress.

The state Interim Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Philip Anza, told NAN that the congress had been rescheduled for April 16.

“The national secretariat of our great party, the APC, has rescheduled the local government congress to April 16.

“This is because Benue is among the few states that the national secretariat is yet to deliver materials to.

“We are likely to collect the materials on Monday in Abuja. The distribution to the local governments will commence immediately for effective congress to take place on Wednesday April 16.’’

He appealed to party members to exercise patience and come out en masse for the local government congress.

The APC has also postponed the congress in the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC) to April 15.

The Chairman, Congress Committee of the FCT, Alhaji Abubakar Wurno, made this known in a telephone interview with NAN on Saturday in Abuja.

Wurno explained that the congress was postponed in order to enable the committee to conduct ward congress in Kabusa Ward to avoid disenfranchising over 200 delegates.

“ It is has become necessary for the committee to shift the congress in AMAC to April 15 to ensure justice and fair play to all and sundry in the council.

“It will be very unfair for the committee to deny over 200 delegates their constitutional rights to vote and participate in the exercise’’, Wurno said.

The chairman, however, said that the congress was going on across five area councils in the FCT as earlier scheduled by the party.

In Port Harcourt, the congress started at about 3.00p.m.

The Rivers Commissioner for Youth Development, Mr Owene Wonodi, said APC needed to put its structure from the ward to the national levels in place to prepare for the 2015 elections.

“I consider our congress as a move in the right direction. The party’s congress at all levels is good for democracy

“What is happening in Rivers state is really great. Our people embraced APC to ensure change and move the country forward’’, he said.

The Chairman of Port Harcourt City Local government, Mr Chimbiko Akarolo, said the party’s congresses had been a huge success.

“Being a new party, we want to build a strong foundation for the party and one way of doing this is to have a strong internal democracy.

“The party needs capable hands to move it forward and prepare for the task ahead.

Akarolo said the APC in Rivers was one family and determined to do well in the 2015 election. (NAN)

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