Yakubu Busari, Jos
The Plateau State Deputy Speaker ,Rt ,Hon Saleh Shehu Yipmong has expressed delight with the just concluded Councillorship/Chairmanship Congress of the All Progressive Congress, APC ,in Kanam LGA. He called on aggrieved members to embrace dialogue and peaceful resolution for the any conflict for the interest of peace and progress of the state.
Speaking to our correspondent at his resident in the Federal Low-cost Housing in Jos North local Government Area, Hon Yipmong urged the party members to imbibe the spirit of democracy in their conduct.
Yipmong said that in any political affiliation one should be ready to accept that what you want may be different from what another person wants.
“The bottom line is that you all are in the same political party which is the most important reason we have been stressing the unity and oneness amongst our people.
“All of us knows there is one APC leadership in the person of Jang Bary who happens to be local government chairman in Kanam and in all its twenty wards, there are people saddled with the responsibility of leadership. We have twenty wards and other formations like that.
“On the day of the congress, there was some miscreants who tried to wrestle power from people without recognition of the local government chairman and thereby formed that parallel leadership we are talking about .
“These second set of people who are claiming the leadership position of the ward level where did they come from?
“All these years where were they ? Why is it that it was on that faithful day of the congress that you began to see two different lines with people claiming they are all Excos representing us or that.
“You can not tell me for over three years of the existence of APC on the plateau ,the chairman of Party at the local level did not know the chairman of the party at the wards level.
“That is how the confusion came about .All these things are very glaring we know ourselves.
“You can not tell me as a Deputy Speaker, from Kanam Local Government ,l did not know my chairman at the ward level, l don’t know the Deputy chairman and my secretary.
On the allegation that he doctored the list of the delegates, he expressed his disagreement and answered by saying “that is why l always make reference to the choices of words people use.
“When you say doctored, for over ten years, something is doctored and you a member of the party you didn’t say anything. You don’t know that all these years the party had been running, that they have functions ,they have integrity to protect and it was known that they would become delegates that you are saying the list of the delegates are doctored .
When asked “They are linking you to Dr Saleh, that you are acting the script of Dr Saleh?
H answers: “Is it Dr Saleh that conducted the election? Like l always say, APC is not in a ”Banana Republic”. There are rules and guidelines governing the conduct of affairs, there are people saddle with that responsibility .
“Was it the Deputy speaker that appointed the people that went to conduct the election? Or was it the Deputy Speaker that conducted the election? I said APC is not in a “Bandana Republic”, there are procedures, there are guidelines, there are people saddle with the responsibility,did you ask them whether they received instructions from Dr Saleh? These are questions the citizens would like to ask.
“What we are trying to say here is that we are all young people, we come with high hopes and enthusiasm to effect changes by allowing the people to put their destiny in their hands and decide what they want.
“If the people want to go back to Egypt, let them go. It is not possibly to take power from anybody ,you can put your money on the street of Kanam but I can guarantee you an average Kanam man knows what he wants as far as Kanam man is concern.
When asked “ Do you see any prospect for PDP in the state ? He says:
“That is the beauty of democracy, prior to the coming of APC ,PDP was at the helm of affairs, it may interest you to know that there were people who were in PDP certainly because of certain things that are going on there that may or not be convenient with their principal, they have to quit because all these political parties you are seeing are just mere names,they are voluntary organisation .
“Anytime you want to join, then you have to look who are the political Movers of the system,when you see the movers of the system in place, you will know whether your principle as a person will flow and move with them.You must know that the place you want to go to and live is being determine by the people you follow and political party you joined.
“It was on this platform the APC was formed in Plateau state in particular and Nigeria as a whole and to be specific Kanam local LGA because of integrity of some personality that are behind the formation of APC .The question is what do you want ?Did you want to go with those who want Kanam become a peaceful and admirable community ? Or those who want to use Kanam to drive their own personal ego.
“In this regard l want to tell you that APC has come to stay in Nigeria, Plateau state and to be specific Kanam LGA, because the people who drive the system allow the decision to go down with what the people want. We don’t determine what the people want .