By Polycarp Auta/Mohammed Nur Tijani
The All Progressives Congress, APC, ward congresses were peaceful in most parts of Plateau state in spite of the late commencement of the exercise in some areas, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
NAN correspondents, who covered the exercise in some wards in the three senatorial districts, observed that the exercise commenced around 5 p.m. in some centres.
Mr Latep Dabang, the state chairman of the party, who spoke on the exercise, said that the process was transparent and open.
Dabang, who monitored the exercise in some wards in Jos North and Jos South Local Government Areas, said that he did not envisage any problem because all members were encouraged to fully participate in the exercise.
He described the ward congresses as a “family affair”, and blamed its late commencement in some areas on “technical and logistics hitches”.
Also speaking, Alhaji Bulama Ibrahim, Chairman, Congress Committee in Plateau, expressed satisfaction with the process, and commended party members for handling it as “a family affair”.
“So far, there are no complaints; there are no problems anywhere and I am satisfied with the exercise,” Ibrahim said.
In Kano, Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje commended delegates for their peaceful conduct during the ward congress in the state.
He made the commendation while speaking with newsmen shortly after the exercise in Ganduje ward on Saturday.
The governor described the entire process as peaceful and a unifying factor for the party.
He commended the party members for exhibiting maturity and patience during the exercise across the 44 Local Government Areas of the state.
Ganduje said the peaceful conduct of the congresses was a clear indication that people had accepted the party in the state.
He called on the elected leaders and members of the party to ensure justice and fairness in all their dealings.
The governor also urged all party members to contribute to the success of the subsequent congresses by abiding by the guidelines of the party.
The newly elected Chairman of Ganduje ward who spoke on behalf of other members, Ahmed Muhammed expressed happiness over his victory and promised to deliver on the mandate given to him.
He commended his supporters for the mandate given him and assured that he would carry everybody along.
NAN reports that the congress was conducted peacefully in all the 484 wards across the state.
A NAN correspondent who monitored the exercise in Nasarawa, Fagge, Gwale and Dawakin Tofa Local Government Areas of the state reports that the exercise was generally peaceful.
NAN also reports that the exercise was conducted through concensus in most of the wards but where it was not possible, the exercise was conducted through open ballot system.
The ruling party, APC had fixed May 5 for the ward congress, while the local government area (LGA) and state congresses would hold on May 12 and May 19 respectively.