Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje says the consensus arrangement that was adopted during the local government election in the state was what saved the party from plunging into crisis.
Emphasising that, “We don’t want crisis in our party, that is why we are always determined to accept the decision of our stakeholders at whatever level in the state, ‘’Ganduje said.
A statement issued by Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Abba Anwar and sent to Solacebase on Sunday said Ganduje hinted this at a stakeholders meeting held at Africa House, Government House, Kano, ahead of the Ward Congress for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), across the country, scheduled for Saturday, July 31.
Solacebase reports that those in attendance were members of the National and State Assemblies, party leaders and elders, former Deputy Governors, with apologies from former Governors and now Senators, Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya and Malam Ibrahim Shekarau and apologises also from the two Ministers from Kano.
Others who attended the stakeholders meeting were Commissioners and other members of the State Executive Council, chairmen of the 44 local governments, party chairmen from all 44 local governments, Caucus leaders from all the 44 local governments, among other stakeholders.
According to the statement, ‘’Governor Ganduje in expressing appreciation said that, “I am delighted to see that you have all decided that the forthcoming Ward Congress, slated for Saturday, 31st July, be conducted under consensus arrangement. This decision of yours, will surely strengthen the process and make our party be more peaceful.’’
“We thank you for taking this decision. We were happy with the result we saw last time during our local governments’ election, when we followed your advice, the stakeholders.’’
Emphasising that, “We don’t want crisis in our party, that is why we are always determined to accept the decision of our stakeholders at whatever level in the state.”
The statement said Ganduje further urged that “As we are going for confirmation of our consensus, during the Ward Congress, we must make sure that, those to emerge as leaders, are loyal party members, who are committed and determined in the spirit of our party. As we are facing general elections.”
What remains, according to him, is confirmation of consensus agreement during the Ward Congress coming up in less than a week.
Warning further that, “All confirmation of our consensus must be held at party offices at Ward levels. Not in any other person’s residence. Party process and procedures must be respected.”
“We are sending monitors and observers to come and see how the process will be conducted. Members of the Press are free to go and see. So also members of civil society groups. They can all go and see democracy in action,” he concluded.
All those who spoke at the meeting lend their support to consensus arrangement for the upcoming Ward Congress and other congresses.
Those who spoke included the State Party Chairman, Abdullahi Abbas, Speaker State House of Assembly, Engineer Hamisu Ibrahim Chidari, Majority Leader, House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado Doguwa and Commissioner for Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs, Murtala Sule Garo.
In their different presentations, they all believe that the governor’s leadership style was good for the progress and strength of the party. Assuring that, they would all do their best, to make sure that, the party wax stronger and stronger, at all times and in all places.