- The APC in Yobe state gives sole power to Governor Ibrahim Gaidam to pick his successor ahead of 2019
- The party also gives Governor Geidam right to contest for Senate during the forthcoming election
- The senatorial seat had been occupied by the governor's predecessor since 2007
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Yobe, on Thursday, September 6, gave the outgoing governor of the state, Ibrahim Gaidam, the sole powers to anoint his successor and contest for Senate ahead of the 2019 election.
Premium Times reports that the party’s members took the decision at meeting and agreed that its candidate for the 2019 governor election would neither be chosen through direct or indirect primaries.
The report said a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting and signed by the state deputy governor, Abubakar Aliyu, announced that Governor Gaidam would be allowed to single-handedly decide who will be the APC governorship candidate.
“The meeting…resolves that discretion is given to HE Alhaji (Dr) Ibrahim Gaidam to present a competent and acceptable person as the Gubernatorial Flag bearer of our great party (APC) in the forthcoming 2019 general elections for our dear state,” the communiqué said.
The communiqué added that the Yobe APC leaders also granted the governor an unchallenged ticket to contest the Yobe East senatorial seat in the coming election.
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The report said the Yobe East senatorial district is currently being occupied by a former governor of the state, Bukar-Abba Ibrahim.
Ibrahim, who has been occupying the seat since he left the governorship office in 2007, was absent at the meeting.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) reportedly reversed its earlier position on the mode of elections during its forthcoming primaries, saying that direct elections would be adopted for all its primaries.
Briefing journalists at the end of the NEC meeting Thursday, August 30, in Abuja, Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong had said when the matter came up for discussion, most of the states opted to use indirect primaries.
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