By Ismail Auwal
The faction of Kano State All Progressives Congress (APC) loyal to Senator Ibrahim Shekarau has demanded for 55% control of the party structure, which include having the chairmanship position ceded to it, and discontinuation of the current appeal filed by Governor Ganduje challenging the group’s claim to the party leadership as the conditions for reconciliation process to continue.
It will be recalled that on February 8, the group known as G7 wrote to the party’s national headquarters rejecting the reconciliation committee’s proposals that recognized Ganduje as the interim leader.
In another twist, the group wrote to the national leadership again insisting that the reconciliation Committee and/or reconciliatory engagements should not be led by the governor because he is a party to all of the conflicts, among other things.
This position was disclosed in a letter jointly signed by Senator Ibrahim Shekarau (APC-Kano Central), Senator Barau Jibrin (APC-Kano North), Tijjani Jobe (APC-D/Tofa/Rimingado Federal Constituency), Nasiru Gabasawa (APC-Gezawa/Gabasawa Federal Constituency), Haruna Dederi (APC-Karaye/Rogo Federal Constituency), Sha’aban Sharada (APC-Kano Municipal Federal Constituency) and Shehu Dalhatu (Chairman, Buhari Support Group), where the group insisted on getting 55 percent of the party structure as well as the party chairman.
The Shekarau camp also demanded that the continuation of the reconciliation process be conditional on the withdrawal of any appeal filed by the Governor’s side as evidence of a transparent method capable of reinforcing our trust.
The letter reads:
The constitution of our great party has clear and unambiguous provisions in respect of the different caucuses of the party. We find it inappropriate to be subjected to any other suggested composition of the L.G. Caucus.
It is because of the aforementioned reasons and more, that we forwarded to you our response to your letter of 7th February, 2022 and now hereby reaffirm that:
1. We still stand by our proposal of 55% with the State Chairman in our favour while conceding 45% of the party positions to the Governor’s side, without any further compromise.
2. Any reconciliation Committee and/or reconciliatory engagements must not be headed by the governor as he is a party to all the disagreements.
3. The continuation of the reconciliation process must be subject to the withdrawal of all appeals filed by the Governor’s side as evidence of a transparent process capable of strengthening our confidence.
We urge you, to have a deep introspection on the fault-lines in the Kano State chapter of our great party and do all that is necessary by following legal and constitutional means, to redeem our situation.
As always, we pray for Allah’s guidance and protection to you and your able team in your endeavours