- The Independent Day celebration in Bauchi state has been overshadowed by the APC primaries
- There was virtually no mention of the October 1 celebration in Bauchi state
- It was gathered that most politicians in the state had gone to their localities to vote for their preferred governorship flag-bearer
The ongoing primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has taken its toll on the annual celebration of Nigeria’s Independence Day in Bauchi, reports the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
As restless politicians and government officials shuttle from one place to another trying to ensure the victory of their political masters, no mention was made of the anniversary, just as no formal celebration was organized,as was the case in the past.
NAN also observed that not even the tradition broadcast to the people or issuance of press statement by the state governor to mark the occasion took place as every politician focused on how to triumph over his opponents at the primaries.
Speaking to NAN on the reason for the non-celebration, state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Malam Umar Sade, confirmed that there was no ‘organized celebration’ by government as politicians were busy with the APC primaries.
He said most of the politicians had gone to their localities to vote for their preferred governorship flag-bearer.
The national headquarters of the APC had instructed that ‘direct primaries’ be conducted in the state, thereby unsettling some high-ranking politicians in the state who had shown preference for the ‘indirect primaries’.
The primaries, which was slated for Sunday, Sept. 30, was later shifted to Monday, Oct.1, thereby coinciding with the nation’s Independence Day.
A NAN Correspondent who visited the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi, where previous celebrations took place, reports that the venue is as quiet as ‘grave yard’ as not even the usual parade by school children, military and para-military personnel.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the Not Too Young To Run movement has kicked against the imposition of candidates under the guise of automatic tickets and consensus candidacy in political parties primary elections nationwide ahead of the 2019 polls.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Monday, October 1, the movement expressed worry that the development will be a major threat to the participation of youth, women and persons with disability in politics.
According to the group, the imposition of candidates and issuance of automatic tickets reflect a lack of respect for democratic principles and norms, adding that it reduces the competitiveness of electoral politics in Nigeria.
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