Why we lost Nasarawa – APC stakeholders

 

Stakeholders in the Nasarawa state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have explained the reasons behind the abysmal performance of their party in the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections.

Accusing some of the state functionaries of brazen anti-party activities, the group which identified itself as Concerned APC Stakeholders, therefore, warned that such betrayal must not repeat itself in March 11 governorship and state assembly elections. 

According to the APC Stakeholders led by Reverend Dominic Alancha, who briefed journalists in Abuja on Saturday, the loss was caused by internal wrangling, especially from aggrieved state government functionaries. 

He noted that Nasarawa had what it takes to win the election fair and square being an APC state and the home of party bigwigs like National Chairman Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the Honourable Minister of Environment, Barr Mohammed H. Abdullahi, among other party stalwarts, from the state.

The Labour Party (LP) had won the presidential election while the Social Democratic Party (SDP)had won two senatorial seats in the state.

The group also alleged that in the forthcoming governorship and state assembly elections, some of state appointees, claiming to be working on the authority of Governor Sule, “are mobilising to only vote for the Engr A A Sule in the Governorship election and vote against all the APC state House of assembly candidates in the March 11 election under a special arrangement entered with the SDP.”

Reverend Alancha further alleged that some of the appointees of Governor Sule “are already converging and hobnobbing with the candidates and Senator-elect of SDP in Keffi to perfect their gang-up against the party (APC) with a view to ridiculing the National Chairman of our party and other leaders of thought.

Alancha said, “However, we will like to state that the defeat of APC in Nasarawa state was orchestrated by internal wrangling, especially from aggrieved state Government functionaries. 

“Most of them are APC government appointees who worked against the party and are planning to work against the party in the Governorship and State House of Assembly election.

“They are already converging and hobnobbing with the candidates and Senator Elect of SDP in Keffi to perfect their gang up against the party with a view to ridiculing the National Chairman of our party and other leaders of thought.

“We therefore say that the governorship and the House of Assembly elections slated for March 11 should be different. We are calling on all concerned to come out and address the issues that could hamper the victory of the APC in the March 11 election in Nasarawa state.

“Governor A A Sule needs to come out clean on this, we expect that by now the Governor who is well aware of the anti-party activities of his appointees should have toed the way of his counterpart in Katsina state who immediately fired those found to have engaged in anti-party activities.

“The onus is on the governor to do the needful before we go into the election comes March 11 else we will go into it as a divided house. No governor will enjoy or have a favourable working condition with a state house of assembly led by the opposition.”