By Ismail Auwal
Members of the Buhari Support Organisation (BSO), in Kano, have on Monday petitioned the national caretaker committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) that they were unjustifiably excluded from the party’s membership revalidation exercise by the Kano State governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.
In the petition, addressed to the chairman of APC Registration Appeal Committee and copied to the President Buhari and APC national leadership, the group claimed that there was injustice in the conduct of the membership registration and revalidation exercise in the state.
Alhaji Shehu Dalhatu, the chairman of Kano BSO who signed the petition sighted by Salehian Times, alleged that “the exercise was not conducted according to party guidelines and template for such the exercise was characterized with discrimination, selectiveness, partiality and calculated sabotage to depopularise the party in the next general election.”
The group further claimed that the exercise conducted by a 7-man committee left much to be desired as “it attracts tremendous public outcry, especially by critical party stakeholders.
“The committee members were hosted by the governor while the materials were kept at the Government House,” asserted the group.
They also alleged that there were manipulations as the exercise “was centrally coordinated with insignificant involvement of the committee responsible for the exercise.”
This action, they strongly believe, was a deliberate attempt to exclude legacy parties members (CPC, ACN and ANPP) that formed APC, and promote the old PDP block to which Ganduje belongs.
Citing an example with the member of House of Representatives, Shaaban Sharada, the group complained about how he was denied registration respite protest by about four members of the committee.
Therefore, the group requested the chairman of the party to send a credible team to conduct a fresh registration exercise, and that the APC extraordinary committee should make sure that the next coming wards, local governments and state congresses are conducted credibly by allocating a minimum of 40% to BSO to retain Kano as the strong base of President Buhari.