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Published On: Fri, Oct 5th, 2018

APC Reps aspirant insists on direct primaries

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By Musa Adamu

A House of Representatives aspirant on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Prof. Al-Mustapha Usiju Medaner, has warned against flaunting the party’s NWC decision to conduct Direct primaries for elective offices in the FCT.
Speaking through his campaign organ, the aspirant who is vying to represent AMAC/Bwari Federal Constituency said it had become imperative to caution against such move because it had become clear that some members were doing everything within their powers to perpetrate illegality.
In a press release signed by Umar Mahmud, for the campaign organization, the aspirant said unlike other places where Indirect primary was adopted due to insecurity situation, FCT had no such challenge.
He said: “But we want to make it abundantly and evidently clear that there is no issue of insecurity whatsoever in the territory. Elections had been held successfully in the past within the FCT, and there was no time any issue of insecurity was reported.
“It is also on record that Mr President and Commander in Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the Governor of the FCT by virtue of the Constitution, moved for the direct primaries in the FCT.
“We want to make it clear that nobody has any power to change the mode of primaries as approved by the NWC in its resolution, except the same NWC sits down to reverse its earlier resolution.”
He warned the party against allowing a few members led cause the loss of office for it as witnessed in the past where the court invalid such illegality.
“We want to call the attention of the NWC to the event that took place in Kogi Central during the 2015 general elections where the Court quashed an election won by the APC due to non-adherence to an approved mode of primaries. Consequently, our great party, the APC, was denied the right to participate in a rerun elections due to the anomaly, which led to our party losing the seat to the opposition.
“We fear that a similar fate may befall our party after the conduct of the elections as members of the opposition are watching keenly to see where we would err so they can capitalise on that.”

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