From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
Kano state Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has hailed the stakeholders of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kano state for reaching consensus in the party’s Ward Congress in the state.
This is just as party stakeholders in the state commended Ganduje for showing exemplary leadership which has continued to ensure peace and unity amongst members and stakeholders of the party.
Ganduje spoke during a stakhokders meeting held at Africa House, Government House heralding the Ward Congress of APC slated to hold soon across the country.
The meeting which held on Sunday, was attended by members of the National and State Assemblies, party leaders and elders, former Deputy Governors, while former Governors and now Senators, Kabiru Ibrahim Gaya and Malam Ibrahim Shekarau ass well as two Ministers of Defence and Agriculture sent their goodwill messages, as they were unavoidably absent.
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.
Governor Ganduje, however, stated 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 to be more peaceful.”
He added that, “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.
“It was only in one local government, when primary election took place in filling our candidate for the Chairmanship. And at the end of it, it was the person, who was earlier endorsed by the stakeholders, that made it.”
The consensus arrangement, according to the Gamduje, was embraced during the Local Government election, was what saved the party from plunging into crisis.
He emphased that, “we don’t want crisis in our party, that is why we are always determined to accept decision of our stakeholders at whatever level in the state.
“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 to come.
“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, 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.