The wrangling in the Taraba State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has intensified, with the State Congress committee accused of holding the exercise on a party chieftain’s property.
On Monday, some key party stakeholders and the party’s Forum of Contestants made the claims.
They claimed they couldn’t understand why the Congress, which was supposed to take place last Saturday but was instead convened covertly on Sunday in a farm on the outskirts of Jalingo. The Forum, reflecting on the lack of inclusivity, determined not to rest until justice was achieved.
The Forum, speaking to the media through its Secretary, Sani Abdullahi, condemned the Congresses from ward to state level as a “charade,” shrouding its candidates in mystery because nothing was revealed to allow for claims and objections or to give an equal playing field for all contestants.
They emphasized that APC members “should rise to the challenge and awaken from their slumber to wrest the party from the grasp of usurpers who are hell-bent on imposing themselves on the party at whatever cost.”
They said they have resolved “more than ever before to fight this glaring injustice to wherever level with a view of repositioning the APC to reclaim its lost glory in the State, noting that they “felt sad that the State Congress committee that ought to insert the right peg in the right hole are the ones going about frustrating the party.”
The decision of the committee to go ahead and conduct the State Congress despite the Federal High Court order restraining them from embarking on the exercise, was observed to have been the major reason behind the upheavals in the party.
The Congress chairman, Alhaji Tijani Tumsa, as noticed by DAILY POST, on Sunday, carried out the exercise via affirmative method in Jauro Yinu village of Ardo-Kola Local Government Council, a situation objected to by some critical stakeholders and the Forum of contestants.