APC congress: Crisis looms in Katsina as aspirants battle for supremacy

All Progressives Congress (APC) Nigeria

Crisis looms within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Katsina State ahead of its October 16 state congress as some chairmanship aspirants in the state are battling for supremacy.

Investigation revealed that the two leading chairmanship contestants in the state, Shitu S. Shitu and Bala Abu Musawa, are at loggerheads over who becomes the chairman of the ruling party in the October 16 exercise.

Last Monday, some political thugs, alleged to have been sponsored by Shitu, stormed the party’s headquarters in Katsina, the state capital, and removed all the campaign posters of Musawa.

Shitu is the current state APC chairman, while Musawa is the Zonal Vice Chairman of the party in charge of the Funtua zone. The duo is testing their political might to win the forthcoming state congress.

Speaking in an interview, Musawa said no amount of gang-up or blackmail would deter him from aspiring for the office of the state chairman of the party.

Musawa said he was aware of some party chieftains in the state who were working to truncate his ambition in pursuit of theirs but that he would not be deterred.

He said: “My campaign posters were donated and pasted at the APC secretariat by my teeming supporters across the state. Unfortunately, some sponsored thugs went and removed them.

“I want to assure you that no amount of gang-up or blackmail will stop me from contesting the state APC chairmanship in Katsina. Besides, you can remove my posters from the secretariat but you cannot remove the love people have for me from their hearts.”

But Shitu, in a telephone interview, denied sponsoring thugs to remove Musawa’s campaign posters, saying: “The same people that pasted the posters at the secretariat were the same persons that removed them.”

He explained that as the state chairman of the party, he would not sponsor people to unleash or carry out what he termed illegalities against members of the APC in the state.

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