Plateau APC crisis deepens

The state executives insist that Mr. Dabang and not Mr. Gombin is their leader.

The executives of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in Plateau State have rejected the decision of a former interim chairman of the party in the state, John Shagaya, to appoint a new chairman for the party.

Mr. Shagaya, a former senator who represented Plateau South at the National Assembly in 2007, on Monday, handed over the leadership of the party to Amos Gombin as acting chairman.

However, the party’s deputy chairman, Fanmark Enoch, on Tuesday at a press conference after an emergency meeting of the party, disassociated the executives from the action taken by the Mr. Gombin-led faction.

“We wish to condemn and disassociate ourselves from this act of this so-called leadership of the party in the state. We have therefore resolved and have passed a vote of confidence on our chairman,” Mr. Enoch said at the briefing held at the APC state secretariat, Dogonkerfe, Jos.

Mr. Shagaya had said he acted based on a letter from the national leadership of the APC, which he said dissolved the elected executives; a letter the state executives say may have been forged.

“The party in the state is in the possession of the purported letter said to have been written by one time secretary Interim National Committee, Alhaji Tijjani Musa Tumsah, to Chairman, APC Interim committee Plateau State dated 28th May 2014,” Mr. Enoch said.

“We note with dismay that the said letter was not signed by Alhaji Tumsah himself; which means the said letter is a forgery, which is criminal, deceptive, misleading, and an attempt to embarrass the party in the state and at the national level,” he added.

The party leader said the congress that produced the current state executives was monitored by the party headquarters and the Independent National Electoral Commission on April 30 and so cannot be said to be false.

He said the content of the letter produced by Mr. Shagaya was also not disclosed to the elected and current chairman of the party in the state, Letep Dabang, or any of the elected executives.

Mr. Enoch also said Mr. Dabang was in Osun to join the APC campaign trail for the governorship election of August 9.

He, therefore, called on members to disregard the “handover.”

“We call on all our teeming supporters across the state to disregard this misleading attempt to embarrass the party in the state and at the national level,” he said.

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