By Faith Awa Maji, Katsina
The All Progressives Congress, APC’s ward congresses conducted nationwide on Saturday, was characterized by the absence of usual fun fare and late commencement as well as poor turnout of APC supporters in some parts of Katsina State.
Correspondent reports that the ward congresses in the State was majorly marred by late commencement of activities caused by late arrival of party and INEC officials.
Batagarawa ward A, it was observed that, the event which was scheduled for 9am in the morning, did not start until 11am.
A party faithful, who pleaded to speak under condition of anonymity, noted that the setback was likely to be as a result of the party’s adoption of the consensus arrangement.
“Most members were up late last night negotiating and agreeing on consensus candidates, so today is only to affirm these choices and as there will be no voting, some people didn’t consider it necessary to turn up.
“The situation was a bit livelier in Secondary/Grammar School, Dandagoro ward in Katsina as the officials got it right with timely commencement and turn out of party members. The commissioner for Works and Transport, Tasiu Dandagoro, commended the atmosphere that pervaded at the venue and declared that the party will retain Katsina in 2023”.
At Kangiwa ward, the party officials were seen early as the schedule time, but waited for the INEC official that was assigned to monitor the event, Mrs Aisha Umar Mahuta who came in behind time schedule which caused the delayed in the exercise.
An APC Elder statesman, and leader of the Kangiwa ward, Senator Abba Ali, commended the peaceful conduct of the exercise, assuring that democracy has come to stay in Katsina and Nigeria at large
He, however, commended the adoption of the consensus arrangement by the party, added that it will guarantee peaceful co-existence among party followed and possible emergence of the people’s choice.
“From the onset we welcome democracy, open contests and appreciate consensus arrangement, in the choice of leaders for peaceful co-existence. We have also agreed that those who emerge through consensus arrangement should be dedicated and ready to serve. We must also abide by the party rule, which states that a two time incumbent should not re-contest”, he said.
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