From: Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
Former Minister of Police Affairs, Ibrahim Yakubu Lame, and Captain Muhammad Bala Jibrin have picked All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship forms and called for direct primaries among aspirants in Bauchi State.
The aspirants made the call yesterday when they formally informed the State Executive of the party that they picked forms of intent to aspire for governorship election of the state.
Former Minister of Police Affairs, Yakubu Lame, said direct primary is the only option that will restore peace and unity of the party.
According to him “That is why we are calling on National working Committee (NWC) of the party to ensure that direct primaries were conducted during the forthcoming primaries of our great party APC in the state.”
He said the national leadership has already assured that there are options of consensus or direct primaries.
Lame said “APC is the party of change, justice and fairness, so we are not expecting anything less than that during primaries; it is only fairness and justice that bring development of citizens and the state”.
He however appealed to the national and the state leadership to give level playing ground for all aspirants.
Captain Bala Jibrin, who is aspiring for Bauchi state governorship said, direct primary is the only process to sustain the unity of the party, adding “We are calling for honest democratic process that will give equal opportunity to every party member in the state.”
He said that imposing candidates on electorates will pose threats to democratic process, adding that they will not allow that in the party of justice and equity.
The State APC Vice Chairman of the party, Mohammed Hassan, also commended the two aspirants for the unity displayed at the party secretariat.
He assured the aspirants that the party will accord equal treatment to all its members and aspirants.