Crisis rocks Taraba APC

The wrangling in the Taraba State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has again taken a different dimension as the leadership of the contestant forum called for the immediate dissolution of the state caretaker committee.

The forum has asked the national body to send in a credible person that will conduct the state congress, which could not be held on Saturday due to insecurity.

While speaking with media practitioners on Saturday in Jalingo through their Chairman, Alhaji Buba Madugu, and the Secretary, Sani Abdullahi Tullu, the forum lamented that the committee charged with the responsibility of screening contestants did not deem it fit to discharge their responsibilities.

The group, which also faulted the party’s leadership for not communicating with the members on the congress that ought to take place today, said “as at this moment that we are speaking, we have not received any official communication from our national secretariat as regards today’s congress.”

The group, it would be recalled, had earlier frowned at the way and manner the last two congresses (ward and local government) were conducted in the state.

Kicking against what they described as micro congress or consensus, they called on the leadership of the party to provide a level playground for all the contestants, hence the need to cease from adopting consensus methods.

Wondering why the state caretaker committee has not deemed it fit to relinquish their positions in order to create room for free, fair, credible and transparent state congress, the group said the party at the centre has to take over the affairs of the state chapter to ensure a successful congress.

The state chairman, Barrister Ibrahim Tukur El-Sudi, who at the time of filing this report was not in Jalingo, the state capital, but on a condolence visit to Wukari council, said the congress was postponed on security grounds.

El-Sudi, who claimed that some chieftains of the party have arrived the state with thugs to foment trouble, attached their action to the postponement of the exercise.

Thugs brandishing various weapons were recently sighted in the convoy of one of the prominent members of the party jostling to bear the governorship flag of the party in 2023.