Niger APC locks out Sen. Umaru's supporters out of party secretariat

By Ummi Ismaeel-Minna

The crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger State on Wednesday resurfaced as supporters of the party’s senatorial candidate, David Umaru, were locked out of the state party secretariat beside Zarumai Secondary School, Minna.

  Umaru is one of the three Senators that lost to Sani Musa (Sani 313) in the party primaries which held two weeks ago in the state. But despite failure to make it at the polls, the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) gave him automatic ticket against the odds.

  The supporters in their hundreds had besieged the Secretariat with banners of different inscriptions and posters, singing and dancing in appreciation to the party for giving their principal, Umaru, the ticket for Niger East senatorial election when the incident occurred.

   Apparently not happy with the substitution of the name of the presumed winner of the Niger East senatorial primary election, Alhaji Sani Musa (313), with that of incumbent senator David Umaru, the state Governor and party leadership in the state took exceptions to that.

Alhaji Sani Musa’s supporters had protested against the move all to no avail as the NWC favoured Umaru thereby rekindling the already strained relationship between the Senator and the Governor Bello controlled party structure in a the state.

   At the state APC secretariat they met the gates under locks with stern looking private security guards who also formed another barricade in front of the gate while the entire office complex was also completely deserted except for the security men.

A police officer however told our correspondent on the condition of anonymity that nobody among state APC executive was aware of the Senator’s visit.

  “We are not aware of their coming; nobody told us they are coming so we cannot allow them to enter”.

  According to the police officer, “There is no one in the office except the security men, whom you can see are the only ones around”.

  The leader of the Zone B Solidarity Movement under which platform the peaceful protests was organized, Alhaji Kabiru Ibrahim, debunked the security man’s claims, insisting that the party leaders in the state were duly informed about the visit.

  “We informed them but I am surprised that nobody is around”, Kabiru said.

  On whom he

informed, Alhaji Kabiru Ibrahim said, “When I could not get the chairman and the secretary physically and through their telephone numbers, I informed the auditor but none of them is here to receive us.

  “We don't expect the whole office to be deserted like this; even if the leadership is not around the secretariat staff should be available to receive us. Our intention is to come and thank them for the ticket they have given us; we will go back and begin our campaign for the general election.” Notwithstanding being denied access into the party secretariat, Umaru’s supporters turned the whole thing into a carnival with motorcyclists carrying out various displays while the women among them continued to dance joyfully.

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