The All Progressives Congress, Kaduna chapter, is now two.
This is as a result of Senator Shehu Sani, representing Kaduna Central at the Senate and other key members of the ruling APC in the state, went separate ways with the other faction purportedly led by the Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.
On Thursday, Senator Sani announced the formation of a new group within the party, named APC ‘Akida’ (our Interest)
Over the months there have been acrimonies between Sani group and that of the Governor, which at a point resulted in the suspension of Sani.
There have been accusations and counter accusations.
Sani had said the Governor attitude has been overbearing on the party, while supporters of El-Rufai said the Senator has been involved in anti-party activities.
Senator Sani was suspended by the Tudun Wada ward on Monday, December 28, 2015, for 11 months.
He was accused to have “violated the rules of engagement of the party, factionalizing the party, and engaging in anti-party activities by criticizing the policies of Governor Nasir El-Rufai.”
The letter was signed by Ahmed Abdulhamid, the secretary of the ward, Auwal Mai Anguwa, the Public Relations Officers, and Aminu Alilan, an ex-officio member.
“Hardly a week passes by that his group will not be on air criticizing and challenging the enduring legacies of Mallam Nasir ElRufai, that his statement on national issues is not in conformity with that of the state government and government of Kaduna state,” the letter of suspension read in part.
Meanwhile, at a press conference in Kaduna, Thursday, a leading member of the APC in the state, Tom Maiyashi, said the new group will soon announce its leaders at all levels in the state.
Maiyashi said the APC ‘Akida’ will serve as a platform for members of the APC to work for the progress of the party in the state.
“We believe in playing responsible and constructive roles because the government appears to have shut out basic involvement of citizens in governance,” he said, referring to the administration of El-Rufai.
“We came on board because our party structures do not exist or function in a manner prescribed by our party’s constitution. It does not protect the interests of our members, and one of our key goals is to help reestablish party structure at all levels.”
He disclosed that the APC ‘Akida’ will not be a faction of the APC but an alternative platform for members of the party to play their part in building a true APC in the Kaduna state.