- APC has cancelled the just concluded primary election in Zamfara state
- The party said the process was marred by violence
- It also alleged that some government officials were involved in snatching of election materials and result sheets during the primary
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Zamfara state has cancelled the primaries which held in the state due to election malpractices.
The state's national working committee led by Abubakar Faki said the process was also marred by violence which included snatching of election materials and result sheets by the government officials.
A statement by the APC national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena, said the result sheets taken by government officials were taken to the state's Government House.
Nabena said: "Subsequently, the Party’s National Working Committee (NWC) has approved the cancellation of the Governorship primaries. A new date will be announced soonest. The NWC reiterates our commitment to free, fair and transparent primaries across the country."
Also in his reaction, the chairman of the Senate committee on petroleum (downstream), Kabiru Marafa, has thrown his weight behind the decision of the gubernatorial primary election committee.
Marafa said even though he was ahead in all the wards where elections were held, the cancellation was in line with violence that erupted in some parts of the state during the exercise.
A statement released on Wednesday, October 3, in Abuja, blamed Governor Abdulaziz Yari for the violence that erupted in some parts of the state during the exercise.
He said the call for the continuation of the poll despite the violence orchestrated by Yari and his co- travellers was the height of insensitivity, lawlessness, stupidity and wickedness.
"Yari set the state on fire just to perfect his plot to upturn the people's will and impose on them stooges with the sole aim of continuing with his misrule through proxies after May 29, 2019," Marafa said.
He said the primary election was postponed thrice and that after an exhaustive meeting with all security agencies, nine gubernatorial aspirants, INEC and the committee sent from Abuja on Tuesday, it was unanimously agreed that the election should hold yesterday, Wednesday.
Marafa added that shortly after the distribution of election materials, the aspirant agents raised alarm that the available ballot papers were not up to 10 percent of the registered party members in their wards.
The senator said the development forced the committee chairman to summon an emergency meeting in the office of the commissioner of police to address the issue.
"In attendance at the meeting was all the aspirants and heads of all security agencies in the state.
"The chairman called the National chairman of APC Chief Adams Oshiomhole who spoke individually with all the aspirants, in the end all the aspirants agreed that the ballot papers should be set aside and direct method of people queuing behind the candidate of their choice be adopted. The national chairman thereafter gave approval that the system be employed," Marafa said.
He also said the election went well in many wards and results started coming out, then suddenly violence erupted in major towns where desperate government officials organize thugs to attack party members especially women. He said the development forced the chairman of the election committee to quickly cancel the election to halt the crisis.
"It is pertinent to mention here that Gov candidate lost in all the wards where elections held. I was leading in all the wards. Hours after the cancellation desperate Governor Yari went on air to announce that election will continue today (Thursday) without even condoling and sympathizing with the families of the deceased and the injured persons," he said
He further urged all his supporters and the entire people of the state to remain calm, and abide by the decision of the national committee and await further announcement on the matter.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, was on Wednesday, October 3, elected as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the Bogoro/Dass/Tafawa-Balewa Federal Constituency in Bauchi state.
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Dogara was elected by all the 325 delegates from the constituency ahead of the 2019 general elections.
All the constituency party delegates unanimously affirmed Dogara as the sole candidate of the APC during the party’s primaries held in Zwall town of Tafawa Balewa local government of the state.
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