APC Crisis: National Vice Chairman tackles National Secretary over ‘selfish’ actions

A new state leadership was inaugurated in Borno

A major crack appeared in the interim national leadership of the All Progressives Congress on Saturday as the party’s interim National Vice Chairman for the North East, Umar Duhu, publicly accused the party’s National Secretary, Tijani Tumsah, of usurping his functions.

Mr. Tumsah on Saturday supervised the inauguration of the interim leadership of the APC in Borno; a task Mr. Duhu said was constitutionally his.

“In my capacity as the Vice Chairman, I am the only one empowered by the APC to inaugurate all APC State Interim Committee (SIC) Members (in the zone)”, Mr. Duhu said, in a statement sent to reporters in Borno. “I had inaugurated, Bauchi, Gombe, Taraba, and Adamawa States. I only have Borno and Yobe State, to conclude my assignment in the Zone.”

Mr. Duhu’s open outrage follows the crisis in Borno APC between the state governor, Kashim Shettima, and his predecessor, Ali Sheriff, over control of the party.

The executive inaugurated by Mr. Tumsah is loyal to the incumbent governor who attended the event with his supporters. Mr. Sheriff and his supporters boycotted the event.

“For Borno State, I am on the last lap of discussions with the leaders of the Party in the State, to inaugurate them.  What I am doing is to carry everyone along. I will be failing in my responsibilities if I go ahead to inaugurate, and does not carry all members of the SIC along.

“This afternoon, the former State Chairman of the defunct CPC, called me on phone, and was accusing me of not involving them in the inauguration going on in Maiduguri.

“For the avoidance of doubt, I told him that, any inauguration in Maiduguri without my understanding or permission, is in total nullified and is unacceptable to the Party,” he said.

The vice chairman questioned the basis of the National Secretary’s actions without consulting him.

“I am not sick, nor outside the sores of this Country, that anyone, no matter how big his position is in the APC, that, such person will usurp my powers and do so for selfish reasons,” he said. “As party Leaders, we must be concerned with uniting our leaders and members, not to concern ourselves with personal gains or to further saw seeds of discord between them.”

“I will be very surprised and disappointed with any National Officer of the Party, who will go out of his way to go to Maiduguri to inaugurate the Borno State Interim Committee, for any selfish reason known to him.”

“I never dabble into the affairs and works of any National Officer of the APC. Respect is reciprocal and I do not also expect anyone of them to do any such thing to me. We all have our defined responsibilities, and we must remain sincere to our responsibilities, and the respect for one another should be our guide,” he added.

The APC since its registration last year following the merger of some political parties has had trouble dealing with discontent and internal strife among its top members.

This week, two founding leaders of the party, both former governors, decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party.

Aliyu Bafarawa (Sokoto) and Ibrahim Shekarau (Kano) said, among other things, that they abandoned the party because it treated them unfairly.

 


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  • Issei

    Senator Sherrif you can also leave,so that APC will have complete dedicated members,NOT moles,or Agent of third party.

  • Pete

    Bacteria and viruses can’t cohabit in peace.

  • Jika

    This Duhu guy is just making noise because he has collected from Sheriff and can’t deliver.He knows that he has to refund the money hence all this hot air.This guy is one of the spoilers in APC and he should be shown the way out for the party to experience peace and progress.

  • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

    Please you shouldn’t’ make any attempt to bring SAS from Abuja and impose on us. As far as Borno is concern SAS is sponsored by authority in Abuja to work against the interest of the state. You know he (SAS) is not well read so he cannot understand when he is being use to destroy his own people.

    • Shine1177

      He is not well read and he led Bornu State for 8 years. Now that he seems not to be in tandem with your political view he has turned to an illiterate that doesn’t know if he is being used against his people. I pity your condition.

      • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

        We worth the pity if SAS is impose on us again.

        • Shine1177

          He was ANPP governor for 8 years, who imposed on Bornu? Was it PDP?

    • GARUS

      He is not educated and governed your state for 8yrs as a governor and a 3 term senator, sorry for you people. That’s why you ve a special problem and an outdated ideology, you ppl should better sit back and redress your short comings & inter grate with the enlighten societies.

      • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

        A reason why the present governor is in government house now and a reason why every reasonable person won’t want SAS to come close to the affairs of Borno.

    • Okey

      So, you’ve forgotten that once SAS or GAS entered APC, he became a “Progressive” and therefore “clean” politician. As far as “we” -APC- are concerned, SAS/GAS must be imposed on Borno State whether you like it or not, that’s our method. We did the same in Kwara State where we did not hand over the structure to the sitting Governor Abdulfattah, let him continue to sit on his seat. After all, the tumultuous crowd that greeted SAS/GAS home-coming is unprecedented in Borno State. So long as he has become “progressive” and “clean”, SAS/GAS must lead in Borno. This is from Liar ‘Hammed.

      • Abdullahi Abba Bukar

        Must is not a diplomatic language neither it is a political one. Perhaps one thing you have in common with SAS is lack of political or diplomatic language. Which crowd are you talking about? The one imported from Abuja? Where you one of them? Because I know from the name you are not from Borno.

        • Okey

          Abdul, I know you did not understand me. I said it’s “our method” in APC. We impose leaders on the people. Shettima must, repeat MUST, accept SAS/GAS as leader and owner of the party structure in Borno State. It’s as simple and straight forward as that.

        • Okey

          Abdul, I know you did not understand me. I said it’s “our method” in APC. We impose leaders on the people. Shettima must, repeat MUST, accept SAS/GAS as leader and owner of the party structure in Borno State. It’s as simple and straight forward as that.

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  • Okey

    Umar Duhu, Don’t mind them, they have forgotten that once SAS or GAS entered APC, he became a “Progressive” and therefore “clean” politician. As far as “we” -APC- are concerned, SAS/GAS must be imposed on Borno State whether whether Shetima and his fellow travellers like it or not, that’s our method. We did the same in Kwara State where we did not hand over the structure to the sitting Governor Abdulfattah, let him continue to sit on his seat. After all, the tumultuous crowd that greeted SAS/GAS home-coming is unprecedented in Borno State. So long as he has become “progressive” and “clean”, SAS/GAS must lead in Borno. This is from Liar ‘Hammed.

  • Afam

    strange bird fellows …i dey laugh..Their internet soldiers here should adjust their seats and wait for more fights..lolz