OBIORA IFOH, Abuja
About 20 governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi state have rejected the indirect primary method of selecting the candidate of the party ahead of governorship election in the state.
Reading a letter addressed to the National Chairman of the APC at national secretariat in Abuja on Monday, the forum of the governorship aspirants faulted the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), saying they were not consulted before such decision was taken.
Some of the signatories to the letter include: Pharm. AliyuZakari-Jiya, Dr. Tim Diche, Alhaji Yusuf Haruna. Admiral Usman Jibrin (th), Alhaji Mohammed Audu, Alhaji Mohammed Ali, Alhaji Sani Lulu Abdullahi, AlhajiJibrin Haruna Mohammed, AIhatiakubu Mohammed, Sheik Ibrahim Jibril, Chief Momoh Y. Obaro, Prince Sani H. Shuaibu, Comrade Gowon Egbunu, Prince Sanni Shuaibu, Prince Mustapha Mona Audu, Alh. Ahmed Ibrahim Aruwa, Gen. Akpa Patrick. Engr. Sunday Edibo, Khalid Adams and Yusuf Ali.
The APC NWC had announced that indirect primary will be used to select its governorship candidate in Kogi state.
Spokesman of the forum and one of the governorship aspirants, who read the letter, Comrade Muhammed Ali, warned that the planned adoption of the Indirect Party Primary is inherent with serious negative consequences for the fortune of the Party in Kogi state.
“We regret to observe that such decision was taken without adequate consultation with critical stakeholders of the Party in the state especially the governorship aspirants on the platform of the Party and other contending groups in the polarized structure of the Party in the state.
“The decision to adopt an Indirect Primary by the National Working Committee is fraught with severe implications. First, contrary to the information given to the National Working Committee, there are suits pending in on Abuja court seeking to determine the authentic executive of the Party in the State (see attached). As a matter of fact, at the lost hearing, the suit was adjourned till October 2, 2019. Second, arising from the pendency of the various suits to determine the legitimate Party executive council in the State, the use of any factional delegate list may amount to on exercise in futility. And lastly, we may have unconsciously set booby-trap for our Party and the stage for the replay of the unfortunate Zamfara scenario.
“We observe that as a Party committed to the enthronement of popular democracy. the resort to an Indirect Primary in the Kogi State chapter of the APC amounts to a muzzling of the wish of the generality of our Party members. 0 victory for merchandised political culture and a deference to Governor Yahaya Bella’s wish to be the judge in his own case. It is on record that Bella’s factional Party executive council members, which he is angling as delegates for the Indirect Primary are peopled by his political appointees and loyalists who are on the payroll of the State Government. It is also instructive to note that nearly all the 21 local governments POW Chairmen are Governor Yahaya Bello’s coordinators. To subject other aspirants to this hostile political mechanism in the name 0f Indirect Primary amounts to a clear case of political ambush, gross 0C? 0f injustice and a trust betrayed.
“Whereas Governorship election for Kogi and Bayelsa States are scheduled for November l6’h, 2019, we note with sadness the selective approach of the National working Committee in treating the primary election in Kogi State in isolation of that of Bayelsa state”.
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