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Bauchi APC congress holds under tight security; Party not served court injunction, say Gov., party chairman; Bauchi Speaker chides Dogara, others over court action

 

Gov. M. A. Abubakar of Bauchi State
Speaker, House of Reps, Yakubu Dogara

By Mohammed Ahmed Kaigama/ Huseyn Abubakar Mbar.

The All Progressives Congress (APC) State Delegates Congress in Bauchi was held under tight security to forestall any crisis.

The venue of the congress was beefed up with both uniformed and plain-clothed security agents.

NAN reports that the state congress election took place in spite of a court injunction secured by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and six others, restraining the party from conducting the exercise.

The Police Command Public Relations Officer (PPRO) DSP Kamal Datti, told NAN the beefing up of security at the venue was “normal” in any political function.

“It is normal to beef up security at the venue of any political functions in the state.

“That is why you see security agents in all strategic areas and corners of the venue and the city.

“If you look at the venue of the congress, it is not only the Police Force in place; all other security agencies are present.

“The ultimate aim is to provide peaceful atmosphere at the venue of the congress,” he said.

Organising Secretary of the Party in the state, Mr Abdulkadir Gyang, also told NAN that the presence of security agents was to ensure the conduct of the exercise in orderly manner.

“Our party does not tolerate rancour and violence; that is why we sought for the presence of security personnel to take care of the venue,” he said.

The Chairman of the State Congress Committee from the National Secretariat of the Party, Mr Kabiru Matazu, said all security outfits were notified of the event.

“On our arrival yesterday from Abuja, we visited all the security agencies in the state and notified them because we want a free and fair congress in the presence of all security agencies,” he said

Commenting on the court injunction, State Chairman of the party, Alhaji Uba Nana, who re-contested ‘unopposed’, said the party was yet to be served with the court order.

He described the injunction as uncalled for because the plaintiffs had refused to follow due process.

“By the party’s constitution, if you have any grievances, you complain to ward officials; if you are not satisfied, go to local level, before state, and then national level.

“If you are not still satisfied, you can now go to court and then present whatever you want the court to do for you.

“I want to observe that the plaintiffs failed to even complain to the appeal committee set up by the party to entertain grievances at all levels,” Nana said.

Gov. Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State also said on Saturday that there was no substantive suit pending against either the APC or National Chairman of the party, Mr John Oyegun

Abubakar said this in Bauchi while fielding questions from newsmen immediately after the party’s state congress that ended in consensus.

“There is that banner headline ‘Dogara sues Oyegun’, but when you go to the main body of the story, you will discover that a case has been filed before the Abuja Federal High Court but the Chief Judge of the High Court has not even assigned that case to a judge.

“So there is no case; there is no processes on either Oyegun or the chairman of the party in the state; therefore, there is no order of court that has stopped this Congress,” said the governor, himself, a lawyer and former Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, many years ago.

Commenting on the state congress, Abubakar said everybody was a witness to the transparent process that took place, adding that the exercise was conducted in the open.

Commenting on his strained relationship with some members of the National Assembly from the state, he said the relationship had improved with time.

The Speaker, Bauchi State House of Assembly, Alhaji Kawuwa Damuna (APC) on Saturday in Bauchi, declared that members who dragged the  APC to court are enemies of the party.

Damuna was reacting to a court injunction secured by Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr Yakubu Dogara, and six others restraining the party from conducting its State Congress.

“Any member of the party that takes the party to court is an enemy of the party, because there is a lot of avenue for reconciliation.

“Six people cannot hold us to ransom. The state congress will hold and it will be hitch-free.

“We have not been served with the court injunction and that is why we are going on with the congress,” he said.

Also commenting on the congress, the State Chairman of the party, Alhaji Uba Nana corroborated Damuna’s position.

Nana, who is recontesting his position unopposed, said that the party was yet to be served with the injunction.

He described the injunction as uncalled for, because the plaintiffs have refused to follow due process.

“By the party’s constitution, if you have any grievances you complain to ward officials, if you are not satisfied go to local level before state and national level.

“If you are not still not satisfied, you can now go to court and challenge whatever you want the court to do for you.

“I want to observe that the plaintiffs failed to even complain to the appeal committee set up by the party to entertain grievances at all levels,” Nana said.

 

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