From: Femi Oyelola, Kaduna
A group under the auspices of Concerned Members of All Progressives Congress in kaduna state has expressed dismay over the bias shown by kaduna state Chairman of the party, Emmanuel Jekada, by accompanying one of the senatorial Aspirants of Kaduna Central Zone to Abuja to pick the party’s nomination form, saying his actions exhibited that he has anointed the aspirant.
The Coordinator of the Group, Hon Hassan Saleh Jirgi made the accusation during a press briefing held in kaduna yesterday.
He said the action of APC chairman in the state and that of Governor El-rufai where he goes about raising the hands of his political appointee, Uba Sani, who is an aspirant of kaduna Central Senatorial Zone was biased, undemocratic and against the party’s constitution, which states that aspirants should be treated equally.
“There are four other contestants who are also seeking the party’s nomination of Kaduna Central Senatorial Zone. I therefore see no reason why other aspirants were not accompanied to Abuja by the chairman.
“Uba Sani who is also El-Rufai’s political appointee is deploying state’s structures and resources to his advantage(s) at the detriments of other senatorial aspirants and against the spirits of justice and fairness enshrined in our party manifesto.
“How could a party chairman who is supposed to treat all aspirants equally choose to accompany one out of four other candidates on their way to Abuja to pick his nomination form, where is the fairness?”, Hon Jirgi asked.
He accused Uba Sani of substituting delegates in seven Local Governments that make up Kaduna Central Zone with his loyalists and domestic aides so that he would use them to his advantage at the party primaries scheduled to take place at the end of September this year.
He called on the National Chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole to prevail on Governor El-Rufai and the State party Chairman to desist from raising the hands of his political appointees, Uba Sani and others as his anointed APC Senatorial Candidates for Kaduna Central Zone and other Zones.
He said the action of the Governor and party Chairman in the state of depriving other aspirants, other than Uba Sani, from seeing delegates and party Executive committees in Kaduna Central Zone was undemocratic and capable of disintegrating the party in the state ahead of 2019 elections.
Hon. Jirgi however, expressed optimism that the party will emerge victorious in the 2019 general election if party members were given level playgrounds.