By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Taraba State, Ibrahim El-Sudi, yesterday told journalists that the State chapter of the party brought their crisis to the chairman of the APC Caretaker committee, Mai Mala Buni, to look into and help find a lasting solution.
Briefing journalists at the party Secretariat in Abuja after meeting with the Caretaker committee chairman, the Taraba APC stakeholders led by its chairman, said “We brought the problem of Taraba State to the Caretaker Committee for them to look into with the view to solving them.
“We are here to pay a courtesy call to the Chairman caretaker committee and extraordinary convention for the good work he has been doing.
“After addressing the Chairman and the Committee, he has assured us that they are going to look into the plights of Taraba APC with the view to solving the plethora of issues that are hanging in the air”.
He however refused to mention the problems facing the party in Zamfara, saying “The problems are in-house issues that we cannot openly talk with the press. And the chairman has assured us that he is going to tackle these issues. So, without the press knowing what we discussed, I think you should be contented with what you have.”
Speaking further, he dismissed the claim that since former Minister of Women Affairs and former senator, Aisha Al-Hassan, left the party, APC in Taraba has been in crisis, saying it is only a press hype, insisting that all the stakeholders of the party in the state are intact.
“That’s a press hype. As you can see, all the Juggernauts, movers and shakers of APC are behind me. So, one person cannot destroy or do anything to APC. After all, when she moved to another party and contested, how many vote did she get? She got 16,000 votes. APC got over three hundred and forty thousand votes. So, her movement has not shaken APC in Taraba State. It is in the heart of Tarabans that they want APC and they will continue to support APC”, he said.
He however gave insight into the issues they discussed with Buni, saying “we talked of membership drive. We have no power to register people unless we have directives from the National Secretariat, the federal presence in the state, and projects like roads from Numan to Jalingo and to expedite action to complete the Mambilla hydroelectric power project. Also, the problem of Ebib bridge.”
He said there is relative peace within the APC all over the country, adding that the chairman is a tested and trusted leader.
“He was a secretary in his state. He was chairman of another party in his state. And, he was the national secretary. So, he knows the plethora of problems inundating the party and he has already taken steps towards solving most of these problems. The period is enough. If it is not enough, it should be added in his capacity to solve the problem confronting APC”, he said.