, As Kano explains opposition to Kwankwaso’s presidential bid
By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA – The Bauchi state chapter of the All Progressives Congress APC has denied purported plans to frustrate the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara out of the party.
This came as a chieftain of the party from Kano state, Sen. Kabiru Gaya explained the issues surrounding the state government’s opposition to the presidential bid of Sen. Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso.
Addressing journalists at the APC national secretariat Wednesday in Abuja, Gaya said Kwankwaso’s presidential ambition has pitched him against the party as far as Kano is concerned, because President Muhammadu Buhari remained the sole candidate for presidency.
He appealed to Kwankwaso to drop his president ambition and seek other elective position so that he can reunite with the party.
On his part, Chairman of the APC in Bauchi state, Umar Ahmed Nana who accompanied the state governor to a meeting at the national secretariat of the APC on Wednesday said at the moment the party is desperate to woo more members into its fold rather than chase people away but would not play host to troublesome characters.
“So whether I will be worried or not be worried if the Speaker (Dogara) quits the party, you see as I have told you, as a party we will always welcome people into our fold. We always pray that let there be understanding among ourselves but if there is any person whose presence in our family will bring another complex problem we do pray that God in his infinite mercy help us so that the person will leave us alone but we will not be happy to lose a single person,” he said.
On the issue of Direct Primaries being planed by the party, Nana said the National Executive Committee NEC may need to deliberate on it to have a collective decision.
“If you are talking about direct primaries, this is something that we can discuss collectively. So, when we come to the level of NEC we will discuss. It is not an issue of personal opinion but I hope it is good for the party,” he said.