The re-elected chairman of the Taraba State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Barrister Ibrahim Tukur El-Sudi, has urged aggrieved members of the party to put aside their differences and work towards wrestling power from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) come next political dispensation.
He made the call on Sunday shortly after being affirmed as the chairman of the party at the state Congress that was conducted amidst tight security at the outskirts of Jalingo metropolis.
The Congress was observed to have taken place despite a court order restraining the party from performing the exercise which was earlier postponed following the pockets of skirmishes that erupted.
The Congress, which was conducted via affirmation, was observed to have brought together all the party’s chieftains across the state.
Speaking, the leader of the party in the state, Senator Yusuf S. Yusuf, said any other congress outside is illegal.
Backing El-Sudi’s call for the aggrieved members of the party to put aside their differences and work for the collective interests of the party, he noted that the aggrieved members did not pass through the party’s normal procedures of resolving disputes before embarking on legal action.
Optimistic that the party will form the next administration in the state come 2023, the need for those dragging the party backward to retreat their actions and join hands with the new leadership of the party in order to emerge victorious in the forthcoming polls, he believed can no longer be overemphasized.
Also speaking, the Congress committee chairman, Alhaji Tijani Tussa, said before arriving at the affirmative method, all the key critical stakeholders of the party from the state have been engaged in a round table dialogue.
Stressing that the exercise is not illegal as being perceived by some members of the party, the national body of the party, he said will work with the new party executive at the state level to catapult the party to the height.
Also on her part, the Secretary of the state Congress, Dr. Rachael Akpabio, who went ahead to make the names of the party Executive of the state public via affirmation, said every part of the state and interests are well represented in the party Executive.
Stressing that the “position of the party is very simple”, he urged the aggrieved members “to come back and work for the party.”
Reiterating his desire to extend the much needed hands of friendships to the aggrieved members and to as well operate an open-door policy, the newly-elected chairman believed that with all hands on deck, the dreams of the PDP retaining power come next elections, would no doubt turn out to be a mirage.
Aggrieved party chieftains who include the immediate past Minister of Power, Engineer Saleh Mamman; former acting governor of the state, Alhaji Sani Danladi Abubakar, to mention but just a few, were observed to have lucidly boycotted the exercise.
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