- A former governor of Zamfara, Alhaji Mamuda Shikafi, alongside seven APC gubernatorial aspirants in the state have called for direct primaries
- The aspirants said unanimously that direct primaries in the state is the only way the party can retain its unity
- Moreover, Shikafi said that what was needed in the state was true democratic process that affords equal opportunity to all party members
The seven governorship aspirants in the forthcoming 2019 general election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara, have called for direct primaries.
The call was made during a joint rally organised by the supporters of the aspirants in Gusau on Sunday, September 16, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
In his remarks, Alhaji Mamuda Shikafi, a former governor of the state and one of the aspirants, said that the rally was organised to draw the attention of the party at the national level to the issue of imposition of candidates.
Shinkafi said:“We will continue to be loyal to the party and governments of at all levels; however, our only concern is justice and equity to the entire citizens of the state.”
He said what was needed in the state was true democratic process that gives equal opportunity to every party member to participate.
He said no one was after the candidature of anybody but the concern was imposition of candidates by the state governor.
The seven aspirants in their separate speeches, considered direct primaries as the only way to sustain the unity of the party in the state. They agreed that one person would finally emerged as the candidate on the platform of the party.
They underscored the need for a transparent direct primary that would lead to the choice of an acceptable candidate.
NAN reports that the seven aspirants are Mamuda Aliyu Shinkafi, Malam Ibrahim Wakkala, Alhaji Aminu Sani Jaji and Sagir Hamidu, General Mansur Dan Ali (rtd), Abu Magaji and and Dauda Lawan Dare.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the APC had reportedly reversed its earlier position on the mode of elections during its forthcoming primaries, saying that direct elections would be adopted for all its primaries.
Briefing journalists at the end of the NEC meeting Thursday, August 30, in Abuja, Plateau state governor, Simon Lalong had said when the matter came up for discussion, most of the states opted to use indirect primaries.
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