January 23, (THEWILL) – Foremost lawyer, political activist and Chairman of the Equity and Justice Group, Plateau State, Barrister Umar Shittien, has called on the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State, to reconcile its ranks and enthrone justice and fairness in the Party as it goes into the general elections, maintaining that “all is not yet well with the APC in Plateau State.”
Barrister Shittien, who recalled that the intolerable political circumstances that brought the APC into being an alternative platform to sustain the Plateau project in 2015, have raised their ugly heads again, to plunge the Party into annihilation in the build-up to the 2023 general elections, said there is need to sanitise the political space in Plateau, by ensuring fairness, equity, and justice in the political parties.
Speaking at the occasion of the inauguration ceremony of local government areas coordinators of the Tinubu/Shettima Grassroots Independent Campaign Council, ICC, Shittien said it is crucial to address all the grudges and grievances arising from certain pre-elections activities in the Party if the desired results are to expected, noting that with the necessary internal cohesion, the same faith ticket of the APC can pass through the electoral needle’s eye.
Inaugurating the coordinators for the seventeen local government areas of the State, the State coordinator of the ICC and member representing Mikang/Shendam/Quaan Pan Federal Constituency, Hon Alphonsus Kumsol, said the task is upon all party members to approach the elections with a unity of purpose, saying it will be more beneficial for the party to work as one, win the elections, then sort out its internal crises and differences.
Accordingly, Hon Komsol tasked the LG coordinators to embark on aggressive grassroots mobilisation and campaigns, especially using the door-to-door approach.
Komsol also urged the coordinators to identify trustworthy characters at the ward level to ensure that mobilisation of resources for elections are entrusted into the right hands, which would in turn ensure that the right things and arrangements are put in place to deliver every polling unit to the APC.
He also urged the coordinators to spread the message of voting for the APC from top to bottom, saying the party cannot afford to lose any office to the opposition.
Reassuring that the Tinubu/Shettima Grassroots Independent Campaign Council, ICC, was formed at the instance of the APC presidential candidate himself and that as a state coordinator, he is a foundation member of the ICC with direct access to the presidential flag bearer, Komsol said that, however, the ICC is a complementary, not parallel campaign outfit to the APC Presidential Campaign Council of which Governor Simon Lalong is director general.