- The just concluded NASS primaries appear not to have gone down well with some APC members
- Members of the party who were at odds with the conduct of the primaries stormed its national secretariat, alleging that the polls were rigged
- Moreover, the former IGP, Suleiman Abba, claimed that his name was removed from the list of aspirants by the party
A number of protesters across states in Nigeria stormed the All Progressives Congress (APC)'s national secretariat of the to protest alleged imposition of candidates during the recent National Assembly (NASS) primaries.
The protesters majorly from Kano, Nasarawa, Niger, Jigawa and Enugu states arrived at the party's national secretariat, on Monday, October 8, to voice their dis grievance over what they referred to as the imposition of candidates and injustice, Punch reports.
Among those who lost out in the polls was a former Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Suleiman Abba, who was an aspirant for the Jigawa south senatorial district.
In reaction to the development, Abba asked God to remove “any person” in the APC who was trying to play god.
It was gathered that Abba bought the senatorial and expression of interest forms and was first cleared but the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) issued a statement later saying his name was erroneously included.
Speaking to newsmen, he said: “Let me say that this is not a time for too much talk. This is a time for prayers and I want you all to please join me in this prayer.
“The prayer is this: Oh Almighty God, any person copying you and their powers should not be in this headquarters of the APC.
“Almighty God, if there is already one; you know what to do, so that you don’t allow him to continue copying you.
“Almighty God, any person claiming to be an officer of the APC, if he will not work with the vision and the mission of the APC, Almighty God, don’t allow him to use the demon style of destroying the APC.”
“You know also too well that I have been a card-carrying member of the APC for over 18 months and you are also aware that a list was released where I was duly cleared and another list was also released delisting my name.”
Added to this, a band of protesters under the aegis of Awareness for Good Leadership, Peace and Development from Enugu state staged a peaceful protest in front of the party’s national secretariat, alleging that malpractices marred the conduct of the exercise in Awgu south constituency of Enugu south.
Emeka Osaac, the group's spokesperson said: “As members of the APC who actively participated in the primary election in the above-named constituency in Enugu State, we didn’t witness any election in the above-named constituency.”
Also, party members from Kano State who claimed to be supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari’s special assistant on NASS matters, Kawu Sumaila, besieged the secretariat to protest the return ticket given to the senator representing Kano south senatorial district, Kabiru Gaya.
Senator Gaya was announced the winner of the primary election conducted across the 16 local governments, 171 wards which make up the district.
Spearheaded by Muhammad Awwal Kofa, the protesters claimed that the exercise which produced Gaya was rigged.
Kofa said: “The primary election in Kano State was not conducted by the electoral panel sent by the National Headquarters and the result was not announced by the appropriate official legally.
“The election was rigged and a false result was announced. This election process was entirely in contravention of our party’s guidelines and constitution.”
Earlier, the national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, had inaugurated a national appeal committee for the party’s presidential, governorship and legislative primary polls.
Oserheimen Osunbor, former Edo state governor, was nominated the committee's chairman. Other members are set up was Mike Ugwa (secretary), Alhaji Musa Gwadabe, Bashorun Reuben Famuyibo and Alhaji Abdulrahman Adamu.
Inaugurating the committee, Oshiomhole said: “The petitions are quite a lot. Look through them, identify the petitioners, and ensure you put a face to the petitions.
“There must be a fair hearing. The individuals mentioned in the petitions, call them. You must do what is just, bearing in mind the constitution of our party and the Electoral Act.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that members of the APC in Ondo state had written to the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, to protest imposition of state assembly and national assembly candidates by Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.
In a letter to Oshiomhole made available to NAIJ.com and signed by thirteen APC aspirants, it was alleged that there was no primary in Akoko senatorial district and other parts of the state.
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