‘APGA not anti-Islam’

The Nasarawa State chapter of the All Progressive Grand Alliance has refuted the insinuation that the state is encouraging anti-Islam activities.

Alhaji Ibrahim Abu, who was the running mate to the governorship candidate of the party in the April 11 governorship election in the state, Mr. Labaran Maku, stated this at a press conference in Lafia, the state capital, on Sunday.

He, however, accused the All Progressives Congress of sponsoring the rumour, explaining that the structure of APGA showed that the party is not anti-Islam.
He accused the APC of sponsoring religious sentiments rather than delivering on their election promises to the people of the,,
state.

But in a swift reaction, the state chairman of the APC, Mr. Philip Shekwo, in an interview with our correspondent, dismissed the accusation that the APC called APGA an anti-Islam party

“There was no time that the APC accused APGA of being an anti-Islam party,” he said.

Abu maintained that those peddling the rumour that APGA is an anti-Islam party were not working in the interest of the state.

He said that the party would continue to present equal opportunities to all, irrespective of religious beliefs.

“Our party chairman in Nasarawa , Mr. Musa Saidu is a Fulani/Hausa Muslim. The youth leader of the party, Abu Company, is a Muslim. The majority of the zonal chairmen are Muslims. I am a Muslim. I wonder why such an unfounded claim should be peddled by the APC and its cohorts,” he said.

Also addressing journalists, the state chairman of the party, Mr. Musa Saidu, said the fact that APGA started in the South-East does not make it a Christian party.

Saidu said that the defunct Nigeria Peoples Party had a similar origin but was solidly on the ground in Plateau State.

“We call on the people of the state to disregard the antics of the enemies of the state and remain steadfast as APGA is poised to redirect the affairs of the state when it takes over the relm of affairs after the tribunal judgement,” he said.