Another APC faction suspends Ganduje, claims he failed to pay party dues

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…As APC replies, describes faction as impostors

By Lanre Oloyede

Another faction of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ganduje Ward, Dawakin Tofa Local Government Area, Kano State, on Sunday announced the suspension of Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, its national chairman, from the party.

Nigerian Pilot recalls that Malam Haladu Gwanjo, the Legal Adviser of another APC faction in Ganduje Ward, last week announced the suspension of Ganduje.

Gwanjo, who cited alleged corruption and other vices as reasons for the suspension, said that the decision was taken by nine executive members of party in Ganduje ward.

Also, another faction, represented by the Ward Chairman, Malam Ahmad Ganduje, came out to declare support for Ganduje, saying the ward officials were satisfied with his leadership style.

In passing the vote of confidence on Ganduje, factional ward chairman urged all party members in the ward and across the state to remain calm and law abiding.

However, in a new twist in the early hours of Sunday, another group, which claimed to be the legitimate EXCO, yet again announced the suspension of Ganduje.

Addressing newsmen secretary of the faction, Malam Ja’afar Ganduje, who spoke on behalf of 11 other executive members, hinged the suspension on alleged anti-party activities by Ganduje.

He said this was particularly during the last general election.

He also alleged that the APC national chairman had failed to pay his statutory dues to the party.

He further blamed Ganduje for contributing to the factionalisation of the party at the ward level, which he said had brought the party to disrepute.

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“We are the authentic executives of Ganduje ward and we have passed a vote of no confidence and imposed a new suspension on Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for series of reasons.

“First, we have suspended Dr. Ganduje’s membership for creating internal conflict among party members at the ward level.

“Another major reason why the authentic executives resolved to suspend Ganduje is the issue of anti-party activities he generated during the 2023 elections which resulted to the party’s failure in the state,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Executive Committee members of the All Progressives Congress APC in Ganduje Ward of Dawakin Tofa local government area of Kano state have described as impostors, some elements who on Sunday announced the “suspension” of the APC national chairman, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

The party noted that after a failed attempt to suspend Ganduje, the New Nigeria People’s Party NNPP government in Kano state has organized yet another bunch of non-APC members who announced the purported suspension.

A statement issued on Sunday and jointly signed by the chairman and secretary of Ganduje ward in Dawakin, Ahmed Muhammed Ganduje and Usaini Jibrin respectively, indicated that as authentic executive members, no new election was conducted by the state or national body of the APC to herald a fresh leadership.

“To the best of our knowledge, as executive members of Ganduje ward of the APC, there was no new election of new leadership of our party. We remain the same executive of the ward,” the statement added.

It said the sponsored group couldn’t do their homework properly by using a fake or uncertified headed paper on which they drew a list of non existing party executives.

“To worsen their situation, leader of the group who announced the purported suspension is an NNPP member who contested but lost the councillorship election in Ganduje ward”, the statement said.

The executive members therefore called on the national leadership of the party and security agencies to facilitate the arrest and prosecution of the group for impersonation.

They also called on party members to disregard such propaganda aimed at disrupting the peace of the party.