Niger senators kick after failing to get return tickets

Niger senators kick after failing to get return tickets

- David Umaru, the senator representing Niger east senatorial district and two others have rejected the results of the APC senatorial primaries

- Umaru said thugs beat up and chased away his supporters and disrupted him from voting

- He, however, noted that the process of the primaries was flawed from beginning

Three senators that lost their second term bid for the All Progressive Congress (APC) senatorial tickets in Niger state have started kicking, alleging huge financial inducement and thugs action in the process of the primaries.

Leadership reports that Sani Musa won the Niger east senatorial primary after defeating the incumbent, David Umaru. The spokesman of the Senate, Senator Sabi Abdullahi Aliyu, lost to Jon Zakeri in the Niger north senatorial primary.

Umaru disclosed this known in a press briefing insisting that the primaries was marred by irregularities, violence and vote buying.

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According to him, “Thugs were used to beat up and chased away my supporters and disrupted voting. In many cases, elections were not done but results were manufactured and announced. This is shame to APC and I condemned it in total.”

He said that the process of the primaries from the beginning was flawed while the list of eligible voters was kept secret by the party exco in the state.

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He added: “I called on the national chairman and those who mean well for the party to intervene and cancel the results of senatorial primaries in the state in order to save the party in the state.”

Meanwhile, had reported that Umar Bago said he will support the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger state with 100 cars.

Bago, who stated this on Tuesday, September 18, in an interview in Minna, said that the two leaders remained the only credible choices in the 2019 elections.

He urged the electorate to vote for continuity in order to consolidate on the ongoing changes that would set the nation on the path of progress.

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