- Dominic Adagadzu says he will sue the national leadership of the APC
- Adagadzu is alleging that his name was omitted from the list of contenders for the primary election
- His campaign organisation says the action of the party should be condemned and stopped
The senatorial campaign organisation of Dominic Adagadzu in Nasarawa state has threatened to take legal action against the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for disqualifying the aspirant.
Adagadzu is seeking election to represent Nasarawa North senatorial district at the National Assembly.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Garba Shammah, a member of the organisation, made this known while briefing newsmen on behalf of the group in Akwanga on Thursday, October 4.
Shammah said that the omission of their aspirant‘s name from participating at the just conducted October 3, senatorial primary election in the state was a design to impose candidates on the electorate.
“Dr Dominic Bako, our senatorial aspirant for Nasarawa North under the platform of APC has not up till now been informed by the party of the omission of his name.
“He bought the expression of interest and nomination forms, and duly completed the said forms.
“He submitted the completed forms and did undergo the screening exercise at the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja.
“His attention was not drawn to the fault line before, during and after the earlier mentioned processes and procedures,” Shammah said.
“What we hear and have seen these days are the issue of some people described as ‘government candidates’ where certain individuals are favoured even against popular choice.
“This is most condemnable and should be stopped.
“This is certainly at variance with what President Muhammadu Buhari stands for.
“He is renowned for anti-corruption fight which has earned the government and the country positive recognition by the international community.
“What has happened in recent times is nothing short of corruption. Many people bask in the glory of the president to perpetuate undemocratic acts, such as what was visited on our aspirant.
“In the meantime, formal complaint was written by our aspirant’s lawyers and submitted at the party national secretariat in Abuja and state secretariat in Lafia yesterday.
“We will get to the root of the matter. We will seek redress. We should not watch our party and democracy being thwarted by a few selfish individuals who want to force down our throats their desires.
“Our democracy should have grown past such lumpen considerations and traits.
“The campaign organisation urge our supporters and other party members to remain calm, be law abiding and respect authorities in the interest of peace.
“We have always conducted ourselves maturely and we should not and must not allow anybody to push us to employ anti-democratic and uncivilised measures to drive home our grievances.
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“We will inform you as the event unfold,” the spokesperson added.
Godiya Akwashiki, the deputy speaker of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, emerged winner as the APC senatorial candidate for Nasarawa north with a total of 906 votes.
The report said Akwashiki defeated his rival, Mary Enwongulu, the state’s immediate commissioner for women affairs and social development, who got 125 votes.
Adagadzu name was not in the list of the senatorial aspirants for the primary election.
Legit.ng earlier reported that a former member of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Isah Ashiru, was elected as the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna state.
He defeated three other contestants including former governor of the state, Dr Mukhtar Ramalan-Yero, who had 36 votes.
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