Tuesday, 8 August 2017

APC DELEGATE ELECTION WAS A NATIONAL EXERCISE. PLATEAU STATE APC SECRETARY, BARR. BASHIR S. MUSA, DEBUNKS SECRECY ALLEGATION


By: Valentine Adese and Alfred Saiki,
 
The State Secretary of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Plateau State chapter, Barr.  Bashir Musa Sati has debunked allegation making the rounds that the recent Delegate Election exercise of the party in the state was done in secrecy. 

Bashir, who spoke exclusively to REALITY today in his office at the Plateau State office of the party, said, the state chapter has no power to even modify the process of the election as it is nationally structured.

According to the state scribe, to make it national and formal, “INEC were able to send in a delegation from Abuja to cover the exercise, the Police were there, the DSS were there, all other para military agencies were there and they witnessed the exercise.”

He alleged that the exercise was local government based while the state office of the party was merely used as a final collation center.


“It is the sole business of local government chapters of the party to bring out a list to the state chapter. All we do is that we appoint returning officers, where the local government would bring in the list to the returning officers and the returning officers will collate the list for onward transmission to the federal from the electoral officers that were sent from the national head quarters to the state chapter for the conduct of the elections. So you can see that the state chapter has little or nothing to do with the exercise”. Bashir stated.

Adding that, “Some people just want to misinform others, especially when they alleged that we doctored the list and did the exercise in secrecy.
BARR. BASHIR MUSA (SECRETARY)

Barr. Bashir Musa Sati in part said:

“Let me make it very clear that the delegate election was not only meant for Plateau state alone, it was meant for the entirety of the nation. All states of the federation did that same exercise on the same day and same time. We do not have to single our own and make it different from all other states”. 

“The exercise was conducted all over the federation, so I expect that the news which emanated from the national party secretariat would have been disseminated to all the chapters and INEC and all other agencies concerned”. 

“For example, INEC was able to send in a delegation from Abuja to cover the exercise, the Police were there, the DSS were there, all other paramilitary agencies were there and they witnessed the exercise”. 

“The venue was the local governments. The formular was that each local government was to produce three delegates to the non elective national convention. It is not the duty of the state to sit down at the state head quarters to start fishing out who and who is going to be a delegate at local government A or local government B”.

“It is the sole business of local government chapters of the party to bring out a list to the state chapter. All we do is that we appoint returning officers, where the local government would bring in the list to the returning officers and the returning officers will collate the list for onward transmission to the federal from the electoral officers that were sent from the national head quarters to the state chapter for the conduct of the elections. So you can see that the state chapter has little or nothing to do with the exercise”. 

“All we needed to do was a supervisory role, the elections were conducted at the local government and whatever results the local governments were able to produce for us, they were not even giving it to the state officials, rather they were given to the five national officers that were on ground receiving electoral results and receiving petitions, if any”. 

“So, you can see that the state chapter has nothing to do with that exercise. We were just mere observers, going round to ensure that there was full compliance of the constitution of the APC that was exactly what transpired”.

“The electoral committee that came in from the national head quarters took their time to go round the local governments to see things for themselves and know what was happening. So you see, for anybody to sit down and start saying that it is the Chairman and Secretary, who sat down to decide is not true and cannot be true”. 

“There is no way the Chairman and Secretary will sit down and concoct a list that will suit all the local governments. The local governments are autonomous and they run their own administration differently. We cannot just force them and say this is how we want it or it must be done this way”. 

“So, I am sorry, anybody who says that, the onus is on him to prove that we went round and did that. You can also see that all the results that came in were signed by the electoral officers that conducted the elections. We did not sign, we are not party to it. The state head quarter was just a collation center”.

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