- The confusion over the list of the National Assembly candidates of the APC in Niger state has not abated
- Alhaji Muhammed Sani Musa, Niger East senatorial candidate, has called for calm
- Musa said he will employ all civil routes to reclaiming his mandate
Alhaji Muhammed Sani Musa, the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate for the Niger East senatorial district, Niger state, has called for calm following the party's attempt to supplant his candidacy with Senator David Umaru.
Musa had defeated the incumbent senator in the APC primary election held on Tuesday, October 2, but was denied his ticket after the APC cited an agreement for automatic tickets for serving senators.
Musa who was addressing his supporters during a protest match at the APC secretariat on Thursday, October 11, appealed for restraint, revealing that Muhammadu Buhari has intervened by reaching out to all concerned actors.
His words: “I wish to appeal for utmost restraint and calm by all Nigerlites, especially the teeming supporters of our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“The delay in announcement of our candidacy, which comes on the heels of the bogey of the national chairman that incumbent Senator David Umaru be given automatic ticket even with the abysmal votes he recorded at the primaries is nothing but a clear subversion of people's will .
“The party hierarchy cannot be a party to such subversion given her impeccable posture for fairness and justice. This development is not only crude but an affront to due process, civility and party creed.
“As a patriotic Nigerian guided by the laws of the land, I share in the decision of my governor his Excellency, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello to employ all civil routes to reclaiming my mandate.
“Taking the law into our hands is not the right way of addressing this blatant imposition and subversion of our hard earned mandate. Using all available legal instruments and other alternative mediating approaches, we shall come back to you with pleasing news.
“We must remain resolute and rise above all provocations. We must continue to trust in the philosophy of our great party,which has been brought under so much pressure in the last few days. We must not allow vested interest derail the good template of our party.”
Musa alongside two other aggrieved senatorial candidates in the state on Tuesday, October 9, in Abuja, addressed a press conference warning against the substitution of their names for that of the serving senators.
The APC chieftains warned that any attempt to go ahead with the plan will spell doom for the ruling party in the state.
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