28 October 2014

CRISIS: APC Members Exchange Blows

Some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zaria area of Kaduna state engaged in a physical combat on Monday, October 27 at Teejay palace following a heated argument. According to Nigerian Tribune, the crisis within the party leadership in Zaria and Sabongari local government areas of the state prevented Malam Nasir El-Rufai from holding a meeting with the party executives in the two local government areas.

El-Rufai, who is a gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of the APC, was scheduled to meet with some party chieftains from Zaria and Sabongari at the Kongo Conference Hotel and Teejay Palace Hotel.

An unidentified issue was said to have caused an argument which stalled the meeting.

“The meetings ended up unceremoniously due to interruption of party loyalists as a result of leadership crisis at both wards and local government levels. At the Kongo Conference Hotel, glasses of the sliding doors were broken by members who chanted offensive slogans. Also at Teejay Palace, there was a physical combat among party stalwarts who protested the presence of one of the party executive members in the meeting,” a source said.
El-Rufai later had the opportunity of addressing the executive members, though in a rowdy session.

He told them the national leadership of APC would look into the leadership crisis in Zaria.

He also promised the people that if he emerged as the governor of the state, he would be just to all.

On September 17, there were reports that El-Rufai had officially declared his intention to run for Governor of Kaduna state on the platform of the APC.

The former FCT minister later disclosed that his reason for contesting was borne out of the need to rescue his beloved state.

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