The ward congress of the All Progressive Congress (APC) slated nationwide on Saturday, is yet to commence in Gombe and the 11 local government areas of the state, Daily Trust can report.
The election scheduled to start by 8am but could not start at about 4pm, as the officials expected to conduct the exercise were yet to arrive designated centres for the election.
Our correspondent who visited various wards in the metropolis reports that at the time of filing this report, that the officials expected to conduct the election were in a meeting at a hotel in Gombe.
Members of the party were sighted waiting at designated wards; Shamaki, Herwagana, Jekadafari, Bolari, Pantamo, Kumbiya-Kumbiya and Nassarawo waiting for the officials.
However, some of the party chieftains express confidence of a positive outcome after the exercise.
Minister of State II for Power, Works and Housing, Alhaji Sulaiman Hassan Jara, said they would ensure that the party conducted free, fair and credible election to be accepted by all.
A gubernatorial hopeful, Alhaji Abubakar Habu Mu’azu, said he expect a rancor free election, saying the party is preparing to take over from the ruling PDP in 2019.
“We expect a peaceful congress because the party want to win election and form a government, as such all the aspirants for the governorship seats are united to ensure the success of the exercise,” he said.
Explaining the reason for the delay, Chairman of the Ward and State Congress Committee, Alhaji Sulaiman Abdurrahman Kawu Sumaila, said the party leadership and elders are harmonizing to ensure peaceful conduct of the exercise.
Sumaila said 27 positions would be contested for in 114 wards across the 11 LGAs of the state.
“APC would prove that it is a party for positive change and we would do everything humanly possible to ensure that there is no imposing of candidates on the party members,” he said.