- The All Progressives Congress (APC) has lost a member to the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in Jigawa state
- Musdapher Kaloma who is a special assistant on Inter-governmental Affairs to Governor Mohammad Badaru accused the governor of imposing candidates for elective positions
- Kaloma had contested in the APC primary for the state house of assembly but lost
Musdapher Kaloma, special assistant on inter-governmental affairs to Governor Mohammad Badaru of Jigawa state has resigned his appointment and membership of the All progressives Congress (APC)
The governor's aide who contested the APC primary for the state House of Assembly but lost defected to the Social Democratic Party (SDP). He accused Governor Badaru of imposing candidates on the party.
He argued that there was no ideological difference between the ruling party and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as both lack internal democracy.
“I registered with the SDP with the hope that things will get better and the voices of the people will be heard, attended to and supersede personal interest,” he said.
While alleging that most of the candidates who emerged from the APC primaries were selected based on favouritism rather than on merit, he also said youths were not adequately represented.
“It’s unfortunate that APC leaders in Jigawa see political representation as an opportunity for someone to acquire wealth, not a responsibility to serve; as a result of which Jigawa is poorly represented at the National Assembly.
“I have an ambition of becoming a lawmaker because of a growing outcry over poor representation that my constituents are facing. Unfortunately, I was frustrated out with flimsy excuses of being from a particular geographical location, which is against the party’s constitution,” Mr Kaloma said.
Premium Times reports that he claimed he met the governor personally and even sent him an email on the areas that need corrections.
“But there was no feedback, rather he sent some people to tell me that the person I am challenging is loyal to the governor and by age is above the governor. For those reasons, he was imposed on his constituents.
“What makes democracy the best form of government is because of the electioneering process where people have a say on who will represent them through voting, not the governor or party leaders to sit behind closed doors and impose a candidate on the electorate,” Mr Kaloma said.
However, Bello Zaki, the governor’s media aide, said the governor never imposed any candidate throughout the primaries.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the house of a former minister of commerce, Bello Maitama, was invaded by suspected political thugs, who vandalised his vehicle and that of the speaker of Jigawa state House of Assembly, Isa Idris.
The suspected thugs stormed the ex-minister's house in Gwaram local government area of Jigawa when he was chairing a reconciliation meeting with some aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Legit.ng gathers that the attackers invaded Maitama's residence in their numbers with the intention of disrupting the meeting.
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