Lawmaker petitions APC appeal committee over conduct of Katsina primaries

Lawmaker petitions APC appeal committee over conduct of Katsina primaries

- A lawmaker has petitioned the national headquarters of the ruling APC over conduct of primaries in Katsina state

- Danlami Kurfi said the primaries in the state was conducted in a Kangaroo style

- He alleged that those who conducted the elections are not APC officials or even members of the ruling party

The lawmaker representing Dustinma/Kurfi federal constituency in Katsina state has petitioned the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) appeal committee over the conduct of the primary election in the state.

Danlami Kurfi describing the election in the state as "Kangaroo election" said he rejects the purported outcome of the exercise which took place at Dutsinma local government secretariat, Dutsinma on Friday, October 5.

In the petition dated October 8, and addressed to the APC's appeal chairman, Kurfi said those who conducted the elections are not APC party officials.

Kurfi said: "I am not even sure if they are members of our great party."

Stating that there was no election at the constituency on the said day, Kurfi said no representative from the Katsina state Headquarters of the APc was present during the exercise.

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The petition read in part: "The purported Primary Election for the Dutsinma/Kurfi Federal constituency was not conducted at the approved venue which is the Stadium but, instead, it was conducted at the Dutsinma Local Government Secretariat where many people were not allowed to enter.

"Election Observers were not allowed into the arena to witness and observe the electoral processes. The Media was also locked out to ensure that no one could record or report on their unlawful activities.

"My supporters were not allowed into the arena. Only my Agent, one of my brothers and myself were allowed to enter the arena, Meanwhile, my opponent had over 60 non-voting supporters inside the arena.

"When I noticed the atrocities being perpetuated, I raised alarm but no one listened. I walked out in protest, my Agent did not sign anything . He tried to make observations but he was not allowed to do so. He also left in protest, long before the manipulated election was concluded.

"My supporters were ready for the election fixed for Thursday, 4th October, 2018 but the election was not conducted until 9pm on Friday, 5th October, 2018 most Party loyalists had lost hope and gone away.

"Going by our party guidelines, appointed local government caretaker committee chairmen, not being elected, are not eligible to vote in the Party Primaries for House of Representatives but they voted in the election.

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"Appointees of the caretaker committee chairmen also voted at the election. These included special assistants to the caretaker committee chairmen. The state commissioner for finance also voted in the election. He was visibly in charge of the manipulations. Even though I tried to raise a complain, no one listened.

"My supporters were compelled to vote against me, under threat to their lives and the lives of members of their families," the petition said.

Kurfi further urged the national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, to urgently intervene and ensure that the right thing is done. He said the turnout of the primaries in the state could led to the loss of victory to opposition parties at the general elections.

"For our Party to win the 2019 General Election in Dutsinma/Kurfi Federal Constituency, the Party must present the people's choice. The people of Dutsinma/Kurfi Federal Constituency are lamenting on the imposition of an unpopular candidate who just joined the APC four (4) months ago.

If this injustice is not addressed, we risk losing the General Election to other contending political parties," Kurfi added.

Meanwhile, previously reported that some of the delegates said thugs were used by some party members to threaten people against voting their preferred candidates at the primaries.

Sources within the Katsina party alleged that a younger brother to the commissioner of finance in the state made sure that candidates did not make use of the voting papers.

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A source had said: "They came to Dutsima local government and made sure nobody voted for the other aspirants. They didn't allow any of the delegate to write by himself, they said they should take their voting paper to go and give to their agents in the venue of the primaries."

It was gathered that the hoodlums also threatened the delegates' lives over the said exercise.

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