Ahead of the 2019 general elections, a crisis of confidence among leaders of the All Progressives Congress has reared its head in the North-West chapter of the party.
Saturday PUNCH gathered in Abuja on Friday that the crisis in the Kano and Kaduna state chapters of the party was threatening to tear the zonal leadership apart.
Some of the party leaders with eyes on the party’s ticket at various levels in the 2019 general elections are fighting dirty over moves to control the party structure in the various states as well as at the national level.
Several secret meetings convened to rein in some of the gladiators have so far not yielded the desired results as some of them have started a public war of attrition.
On December 30, 2016, the North-West Zonal Woman Leader, Hajiya Aisha Kaita, accused the Zonal National Vice Chairman, Inuwa Abdulkadir, of misappropriating N21m meant for the procurement of furniture for the zonal office.
She also accused him of bias in the handling of the crisis in the Kano and Kaduna state chapters of the party.
Specifically, she told journalists, “I have it on good authority that the zonal National Vice Chairman in the person of Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir single-handedly opened and operates a bank account in the name of the North-West zonal committee with him as the sole signatory to the account in total violation of Article 23 (iii) of the party’s constitution.
“Furthermore, as an elected member of the zonal committee, I am aware that the Presidential Campaign Council funds meant for the zone were misappropriated by the zonal chairman.”
In response, Abdulkadir said contrary to her claims, the only account the zone operates was the one opened and administered by the party’s national secretariat.
He also said to the best of his knowledge, nobody had made any remittance to the account from March 2015 to date, noting that he had been maintaining the party’s zonal secretariat and vehicle from his personal funds and challenged anyone with a contrary information to make the evidence public. Read in full