The National Vice Chairman (North-West) of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Malam Salihu Lukman, says efforts are ongoing to reconcile aggrieved party members and stop gale of defection reported in Kaduna and Kebbi States.
Lukman disclosed that stakeholders and party leaders of the North West-had met to review and take a decision to douse the rising tension at the zonal level.
The APC vice chair made the clarification after a meeting of the North-West APC leaders on Thursday night at Katsina Governor’s Lodge in Abuja.
At least 15 chieftains of the All Progressives Congress in Kaduna State have dumped the party, citing lack of internal democracy.
One of the defectors had told our correspondent that 500 additional members would join them over unresolved matters at the state party level.
Those who dumped the ruling party on Thursday included Mallam Audu Bode, Shuabu Ahmed, Habila Latu, Boniface Ubandoma, Mr. Yakubu Simon, Jashua Peter, Camio Bitrus and Patrick Paul (Pato).
Others were Samuel Wyah, Zaka Makoshi, Jonathan Fedelix, Barnabas Samuel (Barry), Shua’ibu Yusuf, Alexander Danladi (Lulu), Samuel Ibrahim.
The APC Legal Adviser in Jema’a Local Government Area, Ibrahim Samuel, in a letter addressed to his Ward Chairman, said, “His decision to dump the party was based on the internal crises of the party, lack of internal democracy and total disrespect.”
Another statement jointly signed by Barnabas Samuel and Ibrahim Samuel (Oganto) lamented that the names that emanated during the last party congress were entirely different from the ones brought to be used for the primaries.