11 July 2017
The division in the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kaduna state on Tuesday jumped to full glare as leaders of Akida group, a faction within the party criticized Governor Nasir El-Rufai’s policies, stating that he has put the party “on a cliff running up to 2019.”
The group added that El-Rufai often failed to consult with critical stakeholders on matters relating to members and people of the state.
Addressing newsmen on Monday, the chairman of the party in the state, Tom Maitamaki said: “The governor’s policies have put the APC on a cliff running up to 2019, when we have to give our account of stewardship to our people.
“What will be our score card? Destruction of Community peace or mortgaging the future of our Children whose state of education and development is hitting its worst level.
“The state is walking into another circle of crises, attack on traditional Institutions who have sustained our sense of community for ages from pre-colonial days.”
Some of the policies they faulted, included the sack of traditional rulers in the state, the bid to secure a $350m loan from the World Bank and the demolition of Kasuwan Barci.
“Kaduna state should be prepared for the worst is yet to come. Available information beyond the sacking of the 313 district heads and 4,453 villages heads other civil servants including local government staff, Teachers and other professionals have lined up for dismissal.
“What this government knows to do best is lies even at the risk of destroying government’s own image. The Governor has so much energy –fighting to destroy his own party that brought him to power.
“The governor has no regard for public or responsible opinion and in his pharonic wisdom, he does not believe anybody has value,” Mataimaki added.