By ARMSTRONG ALLAHMAGANI, Bauchi –
The All Progressives Congress (APC), Bauchi State Chapter, has passed a vote of no confidence on its Chairman, Aliyu Babayo Misau.
The Legal Adviser of the party, Bar. Rabi’u Garba, disclosed this while briefing journalists at the end of an emergency meeting held at the Next Level Secretariat of the party, on Thursday.
He said that 27 out of the 37 executives of the party took the decision during the meeting because Misau failed in his responsibilities as State Chairman, pointing out that this has caused the party great losses at the last general election, especially the governorship.
Garba said that the decision to remove the Chairman followed a resolution of a meeting of the executive committee members of the APC held Thursday morning.
“Having resolved and reflected on the issues and crisis bedeviling our party, particularly, what we are facing immediately after the elections up to the general elections to today, we have witnessed a lot of negativities happening within the party.
“Members are beginning to lose confidence in the administration of Bauchi State. And in order to tackle the situation, the state executives decided to meet this morning and took a stand.
“Consequently, pursuant to article 17 sub article 5 of the All Progressives Congress 2022 as amended, we unanimously passed a vote of no confidence on the State Chairman, Alhaji Aliu Babayo Misau.
“And under article 17 sub 6 of the same constitution, we appoint his deputy, Alhaji Mohammed Hassan Tilde, in acting capacity. He’s now the State Chairman of APC, Bauchi State,” he said.
The Legal Adviser said that as the constitution of the party requires, they will render the same report to the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja, and subsequently, a congress would be held for ratification.
He said: “This decision followed the apparent failure of the former Chairman to lead the party effectively. We have witnessed a lot of problems and issues bedeviling the party which we deemed fit to tackle by taking this decision otherwise, the party will collapse in Bauchi State.
“We know that most Bauchi State people support APC but for the lack of leadership, we have lost some seats, we couldn’t emerge victorious particularly in the gubernatorial during the last election. It is not as if people did not vote for APC, the majority of Bauchi State people voted for APC but we couldn’t defend or secure our votes due to apparent failure of leadership.”
According to him, the decision was taken in order to save the party and “We have taken this bold decision and we make it public that Alhaji Babayo Aliyu Misau is no longer the Chairman of APC in Bauchi State and we have immediately resolved and appointed his deputy, Alhaji Mohammed Tide as the State Chairman in Bauchi State.”
Meanwhile, a Bauchi State High Court number seven sitting in the State, presided over by Justice Lamido Umar, granted an interim order restraining Babayo Misau, from parading himself as Chairman of the party, pending the hearing and determination of the Motion on Notice.