Katsina, Gombe, Yobe elect new state executives

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All the 36 executive officers of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Katsina state have retained their posts as they were elected unopposed during the state congress held there.

Chairman of the state congress committee, Mr Usman Muhammad, stated this on Saturday while declaring the results in Katsina

“The committee sold forms to 36 candidates who were the only persons that indicated their interests to contest. We have given all party members opportunity to indicate their interest but only the 36 persons purchased the forms,” he said.

Shitu Shitu was re-elected as chairman of the party. Other officials returned unopposed include: Amadu Dan-malam, Deputy Chairman, Sani Ahmad, Secretary and Bala Abubakar, Zonal Chairman, Funtua zone.

NAN reports that Gov. Aminu Masari, National and State Assembly members and top government officials were among those who attended the event which was supervised by INEC officials. In Gombe state, delegates returned all the state party executives to serve for another term.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the election, which was done through affirmation, indicated the return of 31 former executive members and the election of five new others. Speaking during the exercise, Chairman, Committee for the Congress, Alhaji Zubairu Abubakar, said all the executives were returned through affirmation. “There was no election; it was only affirmation; the party has arranged everything even before our arrival, it was easier for us,” he said.

In his remarks, former governor of the state and now a serving senator, Danjuma Goje, called for the unity of the party, which he said was the only way to win the general election in 2019. In Yobe, delegates re-elected the Alhaji Adamu Chilariye-led State Executive Council of the party, through affirmation, for another term of office.

Alhaji Lawan Kareto, National Officer in charge of Yobe state congress, who presided over the exercise, put a voice vote for the affirmation and the congress unanimously affirmed the election of the state officials. Those returned as state officials include: Alhaji Adamu Chilariye, Chairman, Alhaji Alamai Kankare Deputy Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Bakabe, Secretary and Hajiya Ladi Jibrin as women leader among others.

In his remarks after the exercise, Alhaji Adamu Dala-Dogo, Chairman, Congress Committee and Speaker, Yobe Assembly, warned that no complaints would be entertained from members who did not participate in the state congress. He said, “Those who abstained from the congress without valid reasons have no moral justification to complain against any decision taken by the congress in the election of the state officials”.

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