Stories by Stanley Onyekwere
Ahead of the planned primary elections of the All Progressives Congress (APC), FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has declared that there are no anointed person amongst the aspirants seeking the party’s tickets for various elective positions in the nation’s capital city, in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
Bello said what is sacrosanct is to for all to operate in accordance with the provision of the party’s constitution, and those who emerge from the process, should be embraced and supported to succeed at the polls.
He made this assertion while adddresing party elders, executives and aspirants, at a stakeholders meeting help at the banquet hall inside his official residence in Life Camp, Abuja, on Wednesday.
His words: “We have no anointed any person; and I have no preference for any person. For the last six months, a number of people have approached me, wanting to know what is my direction? Who do I want? Who are the favourite? Who should we all support? And my answer to them was let us allow the people to decide who is going to represent them.
“As far as I’m concerned, all the aspirants are all equally capable. Either on the Council chairmanship level, on the House of Representatives level, or the senatorial level; all of them without exception, I have no doubt they are fully capable of representing the FCT that all of us will be proud of.
“My appeal to all of you as elders of the party, as members of the Exco and by extension all our party members is please let’s do this party primary freely, credibly and with the fear of God, so that at end of the day.
“Whoever emerges and given the responsibility to represent us either as Council chairman, House of Representatives member, or as a senator, let’s all rally round that person and ensure that come 2019 we are still in government.”
He continues: “We have to be very frank with each other, we have to give every aspirant the right environment for the people to decide.
“We have to also ensure that we don’t allow money to come into our politics.
“We all know that what is more important is getting the right people that can represent us. And this is something that you cannot buy with money.
“So whatever we do, the ultimate objective is for us to able to get the all selective positions that we will be vying for in 2019 elections.
“But to achieve that, it’s very important for us to be united, to work extremely hard and to play the game freely, fairly, transparently, and above all, credibly.
“And this is what we all stand for under the leadership of our President Muhammadu Buhari.
“And like we have always done, let’s make FCT a model for other branches of the APC in the states to emulate.”
Earlier in his remarks, State Chairman of APC in FCT, Abdulmalik Usman recall that the party opted for an indirect primaries for the determination of those who will fly its flag in the forthcoming 2019 general elections into elective positions in the Territory.
He noted that mode of primary was adopted after a consultative meeting with the party executives, aspirants and party chieftains at the Nicon Luxury Hotels, in Abuja, recently, following the waiver of the party’s highest authorities to respective state executives of the party.
According to him, stakeholders thoroughly deliberated on the position of the party as directed by the National Working Committee concerning the mode of primaries that will produce APC candidates for the 2019 general elections.
He explained that delegates would be elected from wards, area council and state levels including political office holders to vote for candidates and not the direct primaries whereby all card carrying members would have to vote.
A total of 9 aspirants gunning for lone FCT senatorial Seat in the Senate,
13 vying for the two House of Representatives tickets for FCT, and 13 aspirants seeking for the tickets for six Area Councils of the Territory were in attendance.