Solomon Musa Emerges SOKAPU President After a Controversial Election
After a keenly contested election, Barrister Solomon Musa emerged the National President of the Southern Kaduna Peoples’ Union (SOKAPU), the umbrella body of the Southern Kaduna people of Kaduna State.
The election which took place in Gidan-Waya, Jema’a Local Government Area as opposed to the earlier scheduled Kagoro Town Hall venue was reportedly marred by disagreements. Barrister Solomon was said to have polled 232 votes to beat Barrister James Bala his closest rival who polled 173 votes in the election that started late on Saturday 28th November, 2015 and lasted till the wee hours of Sunday 29th November, 2015.
Dr. Zwahu Bonat, the leader of the Community Development Association (CDA) of SOKAPU warned against the ‘unconstitutional’ conduct of the election into the Central Executive Committee (CEC) reminding them of the court order restraining its conduct which Mr. Danbaba Tukura, the Caretaker Committee Chairman waved aside.
Other leaders elected include Mr Anto Andy Ogah who scored 239 votes to clinch the position of the General Secretary as against the 156 polled by Mr. Ibrahim Zakari.
Mr Yakubu Bawa polled total votes of 229 to defeat Mr Daniel Achi who polled 166 votes to emerge as the Public Reletions Officer (PRO) and will be assisted by the former Media Director to the late Sir Patrick Ibrahim Yakowa, Reuben Buhari, in the image making of the organization.
Others are Mr Zebedee Dauda (Auditor General), Barrister Celestine Dominic (Legal Adviser) and John Danboyi as the Organising Secretary.
It will be recalled that SOKAPU has recently been plagued with leadership tussle which deepened when the Care Taker Committee (CTC ) of the union said it would go ahead to conduct the general election of the union against court order restraining the conduct of the election on Saturday in Kagoro.
Col. Boman Tyokpat Kachim who is the Board of Trustees Chairman of the Union while addressing a press conference noted that “There were also petitions of partisanship against the Electoral Committee, as well as serious irregularities with regard to membership and delegates to the election”.
He added that it was based on these perceived wrongs that the election was postponed indefinitely in order to address the problem, revealing that SOKAPU has taken both the CTC and BOT to Court, and they had been served court order respectively over the crisis and not to hold on the election, pending the outcome of the case before the court.
The newly elected President has been described by his admirers as “a catalyst for change, a man driven by a passion to serve, a distinguished lawyer whose antecedent speaks volumes, an independent mind and a creative altruist”.
The newly elected exco were sworn in immediately by Barristers Ambisa Adze of Chief Magistrate Court Kwoi.
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