By Yahaya Audu, Bauchi
Senator Ali Wakili representing Bauchi South has faulted the process for the selection of delegates for the All Progressives Congress ( APC) National Congress by the state chapter of the party.
Speaking on telephone in Bauchi, said that the party leadership has sidelined some members of the party in the run off and conduct of the congress.
According to him, his colleagues who were elected to the National Assembly on the platform of the party were not invited for the congress by the party leadership.
Senator Wakili however informed that Senator Nazif has acknowledged receiving an invitation through SMS two days ago.
He explained that “My colleague representing Kirfi/Alkaleri was not invited and I was also not invited,”he said.
He said the delegates were not properly selected based on party guidelines but we’re allegedly handpicked by the party leadership without the involvement of the local government’s party officials and other stakeholders.
He alleged that while INEC officials, security agents and other stakeholders were waiting at the local government’s party secretariat to meet with the party’s representatives from Bauchi, names have already been prepared and forwarded to the state secretariat of the party.
According to him, there was no proper election of delegates in Tafawa Balewa local government as required by the party’ constitution and guidelines.
While reacting, the state publicity secretary of the party, Auwal Aliyu Jallah debunked the allegation saying that the party has invited all its members of the national assembly except senator Ali Wakili who he said was on suspension by the party leadership.
He said that they sent invitations to Senator Isah Hammah and Senator Suleman Nazif and left out Senator Ali Wakili because of his suspension by the party.
Jallah who spoke on telephone maintained that the party leadership conducted the exercise based on the provision of the party’s constitution and guidelines as provided by the national headquarters of the party.