The internal crisis rocking All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, on Monday, took another dimension when leadership of factional party known as APC Akida passed vote of no confidence on Governor Nasir el-Rufai.
The party accuses el-Rufai of anti-party activities.
The faction, which parades big shots of the party in the state including senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, APC gubernatorial aspirant who contested primaries back-to-back with el-Rufai in 2015, Isah Ashiru, Chairman, Liberty Media Group, Tijjani Ramalan as its members said, the party might look inward for a replacement of the governor ahead of 2019 election if he continued with his anti people policies that may wreck the hard-built political party in the state.
Addressing newsmen in Kaduna, Chairman of APC Akida, Tom Maitamaki Maiyashi, lamented that the party was on the verge of total collapse in the state, having ‘destroyed the integrity of the party and taken the stakeholders to slaughter lab.’
To these politicians they concluded that el-Rufai no longer represents their interest, and “APC Akida is passing vote of no confidence on the governor. We will consult widely if he continues with his anti-people’s policies and then look inward for his replacement before the 2019 elections because we cannot afford to let him sink this party that took us time to built. We have several people that are have the charisma to run just the way El-Rufai came in then.
“The ‘change project’ has only succeeded in producing a mega wreck machine that has destroyed the integrity of our party and taken all of us to the slaughter lab. We will continue to work for peace and certainly protect and sustain the honour and integrity of our great party”, he stressed.
Highlighting some of what he described as el-Rufai’s anti-party policies Maiyashi said, “two years down the line, our people have only witnessed greater hardships, dehumanization and complete disregard to the basic sense of humanity. Government policies have put the APC platform on a cliff running up to 2019 when we have to give account of our stewardship. We must not wait until its too late to effect correction.
“Destruction of community peace or mortgaging the future of our children whose state of education and development is hitting its worst level”.
He further alleged that the el-Rufai government has been characterised by intolerance of opinion contrary to his mindset adding that, instead, he has hired mercenaries to attack individuals who dares any opinion meant to add value to public policy so far it is seen as against his policy.
“Regrettably, the state is walking into another circle of avoidable crises. This time around, it is the attack on traditional and community institutions that have sustained our sense of community for ages from pre-colonial days. The circular that contained information on sacking of over 4,000 district and village heads simply on the feeble reason of wage bill is worrisome and detrimental to peace process in the state.
“We put our communities and our elders on notice on this sensitive issue that governor is actually aiming at pulling down the traditional institution in its entirety.
“The state house of assembly should come come clean on this issue by publicly explaining to the people their role in this destructive policies and insulting policy that could potentially place community security on the edge.
“What this government knows how to do best is lies and lies even at the risk of destroying its own image. The governor has so much energy – fighting to destroy his own party that brought him to power. He has no regard for public or responsible opinion.
“The Zaria water project recently commissioned specifically on the 29th May 2017 is the most classical fraud meant to win honour fraudulently. There is no water in Zaria. What a shame”, he concluded.