Crisis is looming in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Katsina State ahead of its October 16 state congresses, as some chairmanship aspirants in the state are battling for supremacy.
Investigation has revealed that the two leading chairmanship contestants in the state, Shitu S. Shitu and Bala Abu Musawa, are at loggerhead over who becomes the chairman of the ruling party in the October 16 exercise.
The fracas began last Monday when some political thugs alleged to have been sponsored by Shitu stormed the party’s headquarters in Katsina, the state capital, and removed all the campaign posters of Musawa.
Shitu is the current state APC chairman, while Musawa is the zonal vice chairman of the party in charge of Funtua zone. The duo are testing their political weights to win the forthcoming state congresses.
Speaking in an interview, Musawa said no amount of gang-up or blackmail would deter him from aspiring for the office of the state chairman of the APC.
Musawa said he was aware of some party chieftains in the state who were working to truncate his ambition in pursuit of theirs, but that he would not be deterred.
He said: “My campaign posters were donated and pasted at the APC secretariat by my teeming supporters across the state. Unfortunately, some sponsored thugs went and removed them.
“I want to assured you that no amount of gang up or blackmail will stop me from contesting for the state APC chairmanship in Katsina State. Beside, you can remove my posters from the secretariat but you cannot remove the love people have for me from their hearts.”
Meanwhile, Shitu in a telephone interview denied sponsoring thugs to removed Musawa’s campaign posters, saying: “The people who pasted the posters at the secretariat were the same people that removed them.”
He explained that as the state chairman of the party, he would not sponsor people to unleash or carry out what he termed as illegalities against members of the APC in the state.