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  • Samson Omale

Plateau APC Internal Crisis And The Party's Threat To Sanction Erring Members

The Plateau State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, is closing in on members who appear to be acting at cross purposes with the party's position in the aftermath of the 2023 general elections.

The Chairman of the APC in Plateau State, Hon. Rufus Bature, has gone further to issue a stern warning that individuals posing as elders of the party in the state while engaging in anti-party activities will face sanctions in accordance with the party’s constitution.

Not only that, members of the Party who engaged in anti-party activities before and during the general elections have been told not to expect any appointments which is a reward for those who worked for the success of the Party in the just-completed elections.

Hon. Bature delivered the warning during a stakeholders’ meeting held at the State party secretariat in Jos.

He acknowledged that the party is aware of certain members who worked against its interests in the last election and emphasized that disloyalty will not be rewarded.

He added that in doing so however, due process would be followed and those who needed to be sanctioned would be, in line with the party’s constitution.

Bature further stated that the party also watched with dismay, the activities of some self-styled leaders, who had allegedly been jumping from pillar to post, in search of federal appointments.

Additionally, the party chairman announced that the Party leadership in the state has uncovered desperate attempts to divide its ranks through the creation of a parallel party office.

Hon. Bature affirmed that the party is fully aware of these clandestine activities, which the APC strongly disapproves of.

Former governor of Plateau, Simon Lalong has charged All Progressives Congress (APC) members in the state to unite, and reclaim power from the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

Lalong, who stated this on Thursday in Jos, at an APC major stakeholders meeting, said that with unity of purpose, the party would achieve its goal of “retrieving its stolen mandate”.

The former governor expressed concern over some members’ actions, which he said were capable of causing disaffection, disunity and disintegration of the party.

According to him, every member of the party stands to gain more, right from the state to the national level if the APC returns to the Government House in Jos.

“In the last few months some people thought that APC is finished in Plateau, but by the grace of God, APC will wax stronger in Plateau.

“As we move in to reclaim our mandate, let’s us unite because there is strength in unity, but if we are divided, our target may elude us.

“I know that in party politics, you can fight, but when you come into your room, you resolve, unite and forge ahead as one family.

Those present at the meeting included; Governor Lalong, the immediate past deputy governor, Prof. Sonni Tyoden, immediate past Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Rep. Idris Wase, Sen. Diket Plang, and Rep Yusuf Gagdi.

Others were; Former Minister for Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen, Plateau APC governorship candidate, Dr Nentawe Yilwtada and his running mate, Mr Pam Botmang, members of the state and national assemblies, local government chairmen, party officials, among many other APC stakeholders

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