AS the All Progressives Congress, APC, State congress held across the country today through consensus, Katsina State had, however, on the eve of the congress, have two chairmanship candidates for the election.
Following due consultation with stakeholders, the aspirant who again picked the form of Chairmanship, Gidado Sabo Kasa, pulled out from the race today Saturday, hours before the poll at stadium living Sani Aliyu Ahmed who is the consensus chair to emerge.
Briefing newsmen before the commencement, leader of the Katsina State APC Congress Committee, Alh Muntari Lawal, the contender for the position of chair, Gidado Sabo Kasa and the aspirant for the position of Organizing Secretary, Yahaya Nuhu Musa, quit their intention to contest.
According to him, “They stepped down. No one pointed a gun at them to withdraw, they discuss among themselves and agreed to step down.
“Throughout the ward and local government congresses, we have been adopting the consensus arrangements, and now we shall conclude the process.
‘Katsina has never witnessed harmonious, parallel congresses and has remained outstanding and peaceful.’
Sani Ali Ahmed from the Daura zone was presented to the congress for affirmation, while the immediate past APC chair, Shittu Shittu, Katsina Central, has emerged as the present party Secretary.
Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State, said they were at the stadium to affirm the decision taken by the shareholders hence the need for all and sundry to rally round the present leaders of the party to achieve success.
“We are here now for the formal confirmation of consensus arrives this day for Katsina State APC executive council. As you are aware, during our last ward congresses, the shareholders agreed to conduct the exercise by consensus and affirmation. This is what we did at the ward level, and we did at the local government congress, and this is what we are doing here now.
“Let me seize this opportunity to thank all the APC members, especially President Muhammadu Buhari, for his support and a follow-up to what we do that co op us this day of State congress.
“My message is to appeal to APC family for understanding.
‘We started from ward congresses through the consensus, and we did the same at the local government congresses, and we are going to do the same in the state congress.
‘We zoned all the offices, and they represented the three zones in the next executive council of the party in Katsina State.
‘The responsibilities of leaders is to show understanding and to work with the entire leadership of the party to make sure that we have a free, fair and transparent congress that would produce credible leaders,” Governor Masari added.