kaduna—former Chief of Staff to the governor of Katsina State, Alhaji Dikko Radda, has dismissed claims in some quarters that the All Progressives Congress, APC, in President Muhammadu Buhari’s state was factionalised, saying those aggrieved with the affairs of the party in the state should explore internal ways of resolving them.
Addressing journalists in Kaduna, Alhaji Radda, who is the Director General of the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Agency, SMEDAN, said any member of the party in the state trying to foment trouble was plotting the destruction of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.
“For any member to say he has been excluded is not true because as a stakeholder of APC in the state, I know the governor has called for meetings of all stakeholders more than four times and almost all the people complaining about marginalisation were in attendance and not only that their opinions were respected during such meetings.
‘’Such vituperations were not targeted at the governor but the President because the president is a bona-fide member of APC in his ward, Local government and state and he attends meetings of Katsina APC where necessary,’’ he said.
He said the governor was prepared to engage any genuinely aggrieved stakeholders in the state to address their concern.
He said: ‘’Honestly, the governor will sit with any aggrieved person and iron out any issue raised. Some of them that were at the meeting we respect them, they are our leaders, we will not allowed them to go in vain after working for the victory of the party in the state.
‘We will do everything possible to bring them back into our fold. This is democracy, democracy involves agreeing and disagreeing, it involves accepting and not accepting, you can see us tomorrow sitting eating, chatting and drinking together.’’.
Dikko, who was the former National Welfare Secretary of APC, said: ‘’In fact, the governor is the leader of the party in the state, elected, so it is his responsibility to listen to every member of the party. He will definitely do that.’’