Nafada absent as Gombe APC gets new officials

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Gombe State has elected new executives to steer the affairs of the party.

The election, conducted at the weekend, came two years after the party lost the 2015 gubernatorial election which created an internal crisis that led to the removal of some principal officers of the party.

Announcing the election result which held at the Gombe International Hotel, the chairman of the electoral committee, Alhaji Abba Bala Ka’oje, said Mr Amangal Nite defeated three others to emerge as chairman of the party.

Kaoje also said Gabani Ado was elected as Deputy Chairman; Adamu Abubakar Secretary, and Abayomi Williams Legal Adviser.

Others were Rose Danjuma (Women Leader), Ibrahim Sabo (Public Relations Officer) and Danladi Shuaibu (Ex-officio).

The electoral committee chairman said the result for the youth leader’s position was cancelled after one of the contestants’ name was omitted, adding that a new date for the election would be announced when the problem had been resolved.

In his acceptance speech, Mr Nite thanked the party members for supporting him and promised to carry everybody along.

The election was conducted to fill the eight positions that became vacant following the internal crisis that had been rocking the party since the 2015 elections.

The crisis led to the dissolution of the Barr. Magaji Doho-led executive committee last year by the party’s national secretariat.

The party was divided into two factions loyal to Senator Muhammad Danjuma Goje and Senator Usman Bayero Nafada.

While Senator Goje attended the mini congress that produced the new leaders of the party, Senator Bayero and some of his loyalists were conspicuously absent throughout the congress.

The outgoing Caretaker Committee Chairman, Idi Barde Gubana, in a valedictory speech, thanked the APC for supporting and giving him the opportunity to unite the members which he said created the chance to hold a successful state congress.

The notable APC bigwigs who attended the congress included Senator Goje, the Minister of State for Power, Works and Housing, Alhaji Suleiman Hassan Jara, the party’s gubernatorial candidate in the 2015 elections, Alhaji Inuwa Yahaya, three members of the House of Representatives, and several 2019 gubernatorial hopefuls on the APC platform.