Goje shuns APC congress, as chairman, exco elected in Gombe

No fewer than 712 delegates of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) participated in the party’s state congress in Gombe state.

As thousands of APC’s card-carrying members and supporters gathered to observe the congress, Daily Telescope reports that one of the party’s strong pillar in the state, Senator Muhammad Danjuma Goje was absent at the venue of the election.

Daily Telescope also observed that nobody amomg the dignitaries present at the venue of the exercise was identified as representative of the former governor.

The congress was held at Pantami Stadium in Gombe metropolis.

Speaking to Daily Telescope, an APC supporter, Malam Sharu Musa said it is unlike Goje who is among the top three candidates vying for the position of the national chairman of the APC to miss the state congress.

“We believe Goje is with us (APC) but his absent at the congress shows that there are some issues to be addressed and I think leaders of our party should quickly do something about it before it gets out of hand,” Musa, said.

The newly elected chairmannof the party, Mr Nitte Amangal said: “Knowing that elections or congresses as the case may be in Nigeria are often associated with malpractices which normally leave behind some grievances, I am appealing on the aggrieved party members to embrace dialogue as a way of addressing issues.”

Nitte who lead APC to victory during the 2019 general elections in Gombe and returned on oppose, assured that his team would make sure that the channel of communication and dialogue is strengthened in the party to ensure more success for APC.

However, he warned that those wishing or planning to contest against Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya should know that APC has already gotten and picked its candidate for the 2023 gubernatorial election.

Speaking to newsmen shortly after the congress which was decided on consensus and affirmed by the delegates, the state governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, stated that the process was peaceful while stressing that it would ensure more success for APC.

He, however, warned the newly elected official and other members that sharp practices have no room in the party.

On his part, the chairman of the APC Congress Committee for Gombe State, Dr Danjuma Dabo expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the congress and the consensus method adopted by the state.

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