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A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Sokoto State, Alhaji Aminu Boza Sabon-Birni, Monday said all members of the party were equal and that no individual or group could claim ownership of the party in the state.
Sabon-Birni, who is a former state executive member of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party ( ANPP), was reacting to the recent claims of "ownership" of the party by the leadership and followership of the legacy parties of CPC, ANPP, ACN that merged to form the APC in Sokoto.
The leadership of the legacy parties had recently asserted that they did not know or recognise any person other than the former Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa, as the leader of the party in the state.
Speaking with journalists in Sokoto, Sabon-Birni maintained that all members of the party were equal and should only pre-occupy themselves with building a stronger, united and formidable APC in the state rather than undue struggle for supremacy.
According to him, all the members were equal now and nobody could claim to have owned the APC, in any state or at the national level.
"As you are aware, all the former members of the five legacy parties which merged and formed the APC, are equal stakeholders. The defunct parties were APC, DPP, APGA, ANPP and ACN and are all now history," he said.
Sabon-Birni stated that all the members of the party should dissipate their energy on how to salvage the nation from its present state rather than undue squabble among them.
He noted that the acrimony in the state chapter of the party was retrogressive, as it was stunting its development.
"The acrimony in Sokoto State is being fuelled by a negligible section of the defunct ANPP and they should sheath their swords with a view to building a stronger opposition party," he added.
"We are in this struggle to salvage the North and Nigeria, and we should do it with absolute caution, spirit of patriotism and with unity of purpose," he added.
He reaffirmed the commitment and loyalty to the party's national leadership and also to Governor Aliyu Wamakko as the leader of the APC in the state.
The APC chieftain therefore, cautioned the members of the party nation-wide, against the recurring bickering for positions, stressing the need for unity of purpose in order to achieve the desired targets.