As the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) prepares to conduct state-level presidential elections, a schism seems to be forming among the party’s top members in Kano State.
The lawsuit is related to accusations made by party leaders against the state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, that he was prejudiced in his decision-making on party issues.
On Tuesday night, some party members, including former Kano State governor Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, Senator Kabiru Gaya, Senator Barau Jibrin, House of Representatives member Sha’aban Sharada, and other senior members of the party, met and decided that the APC leadership must stop Governor Ganduje before things get out of hand.
One of the APC leaders in Kano who attended the event on Tuesday told the BBC that they had chosen to meet with the interim APC national chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni, ahead of time to express their concerns.
According to reports, an APC meeting in Kano with the caretaker president would take place on Wednesday evening.
Before releasing a press release, the APC leader refused to be identified until they had finished their discussion with Governor Buni.
He further said that “Ganduje does not seek counsel from anybody when it comes to managing the APC in Kano. He makes his own decisions and does not seek guidance.”
This is not the first time that Kano APC officials have accused the state governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, of allegedly rigging the allocation of political positions in the state.
According to sources, former Defense Minister General Salihu Magashi, who did not attend yesterday’s meeting, voiced support for the meeting.
Some APC stalwarts reported anomalies in the conduct of the polls shortly after the APC constituency elections in Kano at the end of July.
Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas, the interim chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kano, told the BBC that the meeting shocked them.
He said that they had no reservations about the gathering and that elections would be conducted over the weekend, with the winner receiving the chance to head the party at the state level.
“The APC is a coalition, and each party has been treated fairly,” Abbas said.
The caretaker president went on to say that they were shocked Malam Ibrahim Shekarau showed up to the meeting on Tuesday.
Dan Balki Commander, a nail in the coffin of the APC, attacked the APC’s leadership style in Kano a few months ago, stating they would not accept dictatorship inside the party.