By Ahmed Ahmed
The Bogoro council chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi State has said that it was sidelined from the late Baba Peter Gonto 21st memorial anniversary.
It also said as result, it distanced itself from the programme.
Our correspondent reported that the 21st memorial anniversary programme was marred with security controversies 24 hours before kick-off.
This was confirmed in a statement issued by Hon. Istifanus Manasseh, APC chairman, Bogoro council, on Thursday in Bauchi.
He said that the council chapter of APC backed out from the programme because its members were sidelined at the initial stage by the organizers.
‘A memorial event organized in honour of late Baba Peter Gonto of Mwari, Bogoro Local Government Area, Bauchi State:
“Sequel to the above captioned event scheduled for Friday, 31st December, 2021 purported to have been in honour of the late Baba Peter Gonto hitherto believed to have been sponsored by a Convener,
“The Zaar Development Association (ZDA) and some family members of the late Baba Gonto, our attention as committed members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Bogoro LGA, is hereby drawn to the following findings/ observations.
“APC Bogoro LG notes with dismay that as against a community event, the event is actually a PDP rally in disguise meant to boost the image of the failed government of Gov Bala Mohammed.
“From the totality of our assessment, the event is purely a PDP rally. The fact is even more glaring judging from the patronizing letter of invitation Baba Gonto’s children wrote to the governor.
“Our conclusion is that since the event is entirely a PDP rally, the APC family in the community will not participate as we cannot glorify a platform that is meant to be used to pour more insults on our leaders.
“We are by this notice disassociating all APC members from the event and we wish to advise all APC stakeholders both at home, Bauchi and outside the state not to honour any invitation extended to them, in case they have been mistakenly invited to the event.
“This is the position of APC Bogoro and we wish to forward the same to our leaders and heads of various security agencies to note.”