2023: APC set to win Taraba, reconciles aggrieved members



When the national leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) visited Taraba State recently, it was not only for trouble-shooting. The visit was both a rescue mission to salvage the party from collapsing and a bold step to fashion out workable strategies that could enable the party wrest power from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The fact that PDP has been piloting the affairs of the state since 1999 has been a source of great worry to the opposition. As such, the APC rescue team, which stormed the state with representatives of the party’s National Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Panning Committee (NCECPC), was particular about reconciling aggrieved APC stalwarts.

Checks by The Guardian revealed that the visitors did not only succeed in reconciling mistreated members, but also put in place modalities to ensure that party faithful in the state closed rank and worked collectively to make APC win all elective positions in the forthcoming electoral contests.

 

Straight to business

NORTHEAST representative of the APC NCECPC, Prof. Tahir Mamman (SAN), who led the reconciliation team, did not waste time or words to remind the party faithful of their responsibilities. He urged them to put aside their differences and work round the clock for the collective interest of the party in Taraba State.

Drumming on the need for all aggrieved members to sheath their swords, Prof. Mamman said that was the minimum condition for genuine reconciliation, stressing that the party has enough room to accommodate all members and even welcome a lot more.

While reiterating the party’s determination to hold tenaciously to the tenets of internal democracy, Mamman declared: “There should be justice and a level playground for all, regardless of background and class. We must work together if we really want to achieve the desired results.

“We are all critical stakeholders and must allow unity and party interest to prevail. You must begin to select leaders and your representatives based on their track records of good works and worthy characters rather than sentiments and biases.”

Mamman, who is a senior lawyer, reminded Taraba APC chieftains that it “is very important that we distinguish ourselves from the norm that has kept party system in the country backward for so long.” He harped on the need for the party leadership to as well carry the womenfolk along and ensure that they are fully represented in all the activities of the party. This, he said, could be achieved by accommodating women when allotting chances for elective positions so that they do not feel sidelined.

 

Mamman maintained that gender inclusion cannot be overemphasized, even as he pleaded with members to bury the hatchet and allow the party to take its proper position in the state come next general polls.  He assured that the various presentations made by aggrieved members would, as a matter of urgency, be taken into consideration by the national leadership of the party.

 

Insider grumbles

EARLIER, Taraba State chairman, Mr. Tukur El-Sudi, a lawyer, said he could not fathom why APC faithful in the state are being relegated to the background by the national leadership of the party despite their immense contributions to the growth of the party. He lamented that after working hard for the party’s success, Taraba APC continues to be poorly represented at the federal level.

 

The chairman enjoined the Federal Government to consider giving more positions to party members from the state, alleging that all the empowerment projects packaged by the Federal Government for Taraba, have been hijacked and repackaged by the state government for PDP faithful alone.

 

While insisting that APC has demonstrated steady progression in the state in the last two general elections, the chairman said the party is well-positioned to displace PDP with adequate support from the APC Federal Government. To drive home his belief that the party’s dream of forming the next government in the state is achievable, El-Sudi broke down the performance of the party in both the 2015 and 2019 elections. He contended that with just a little push from the national level, “winning the 2023 governorship election as well as that of both the national and state House of Assembly in the state is very possible.”

 

But, the chairman noted with regret that “no single member of APC from the state was appointed into any position of the federal government,” and therefore urged the APC national leaders to immediately fashion out ways of addressing the plight of party faithful in the state.

 

“APC’s control of power at the federal level is not felt in the state, especially among the APC members, I cannot understand why empowerment projects meant for the state from the Federal Government always end up in the hands of the PDP-controlled state government.

 

“It is sad that such projects are repackaged by the same PDP government and doled out, while APC members, who have been working round the clock to rescue the party from extinction are always not considered in such projects.”

 

The chairman disclosed that the most devastating affront to the party is the “inability of our party leaders at the national level to carry our women along. Women are not also carried along, despite their contributions to the party during the elections.”

 

While calling on the leaders of the party to give the state, especially APC members their due from the federal level, he assured that the state chapter would not relent in going the extra mile to ensure victory for the party come 2023 election cycle.

 

He stated: “We have all the structures on ground that would make us triumph in the next elections. All we need is just a little motivation from our national body. We have to be carried along, especially in areas of federal appointments.”

 

Also, adding their voices to the complaints, party chairmen and stakeholders from the entire sixteen local government councils stressed their determinations not to relent in catapulting the party to enviable heights. They said that since they are fully on the ground, they expect that the leadership of the party at the center would reciprocate their efforts.

 

The women were not left out in the general observation of the state of affairs in Taraba State APC. The women expressed disappointment that none of them from the state has been considered for an appointment since the exit of the former Minister of Women, Senator Aisha Jumai Alhassan, from the party.

 

They cited examples from other states not controlled by APC, where the Federal Government has appointed women into various federal positions. They stressed that Taraba State APC women expect that the same hand of fellowship should be extended to them as well as their male counterparts.

 

But, debunking the allegations that empowerment projects meant to salvage the poorest of the poor were often hijacked by the PDP government, repackaged and dished out to PDP faithful, a chieftain of the party told The Guardian, “Most of the empowerment programs you see going on in the the state is our initiative through the state governor, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku.

 

“The allegations are baseless because the governor has been working round the clock to take our people out of the dungeon of poverty irrespective of political party differences.”

 

SOURCE: Guardian

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