- Aspirants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger state protested the alleged shoddy handling of the party's primary election
- The aspirants claimed there was actually no primary election in the state
- Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello appeals for calm and believes the party's NWC will resolve the crisis
The governor of Niger, Abubakar Sani-Bello, has called on contestants on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, their supporters and stakeholders in the just concluded primaries in the state to remain calm and peaceful.
The governor said this in a statement issued by his spokesperson, Malam Jibrin Baba Ndace, on Monday, October 8, assuring all stakeholders of a peaceful resolution of the outcome of the primaries.
He spoke in reaction to a protest by the contestants and their supporters over the way the party’s primary election was conducted.
Channels Television reports that Sani-Bello asked all members of the party to await the a final decision on the issues raised and not take law into their hands.
According to the governor, the direct primary method was adopted in the state to provide a level playing field for all aspirants and create opportunities for participation by party members, give them a sense of belonging, deepen democracy and institute a free and fair process.
“When we adopted direct primaries out of the three options in line with the party’s constitution, we were very sure and clear about its benefits to the overall democratic process.
“This was to enable the people choose candidates of their choice in an open, free and fair manner.
“We are doing everything possible alongside the national body of the party to ensure that all members are being carried along and all grievances are resolved amicable,” the governor said while distancing himself from reports that automatic tickets had been promised to serving members of the National Assembly.
“I, therefore, call on our people to remain calm and peaceful as we will ensure that due process is followed, we will ensure that all issues are settled amicably.
“We have not derailed from this provision of the party. We remain committed and we urge all party loyalists to remain faithful as the issues are been resolved in the overall interest of the party,” he added.
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An earlier report said groups from various local government areas in the state protested against the outcome of the House of Assembly primary election.
Some of the aspirants claimed that no election was conducted and that the results announced were not a reflection of the people’s will.
Legit.ng earlier reported that a coalition of aspirants for state House of Assembly and House of Representatives in Ebonyi south senatorial zone, protested non-conduct of primary elections to select the All Progressives Congress (APC) flag bearers.
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