- President Muhammadu Buhari's former aide, Bashir Ahmad has reacted angrily to the outcome of the Kano APC primary
- Ahmad in a lengthy post on his official Facebook page demanded the cancellation and also rejected the process of the exercise which was conducted on Friday, May 27
- Meanwhile, social media handlers have continued to mock Ahmad for losing his bid to clinch the House of Representatives ticket ahead of the 2023 polls
President Muhammadu Buhari's former aide on new media, Bashir Ahmad, has rejected the outcome of the primary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Albasu/Gaya/Ajingi Federal Constituency in Kano state.
Ahmad, in a statement, shared on his official Facebook page, on Saturday, May 29, demanded the cancellation of the exercise.
The president's former PA, who enjoys a large following on social media, also disclosed that he and his supporters were denied access to the venue of the exercise.
Ahmad rejected the outcome of the poll
Part of the statement reads:
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"I hereby categorically reject the process and proceeds of the primary election conducted on 27th of May, 2022 to elect the All Progressives Congress (APC) flagbearer for the position of member House of Representatives for Albasu/Gaya/Ajingi Federal Constituency.
"I offered myself to serve my constituents as best I can and I would have been willing to accept whatever outcome if it was free, fair and credible. I am sad to say that what ensued at the venue of the primaries highly threatens the credibility and integrity the APC has built over two political cycles. It is therefore a great disservice to my people and our great party, to be silent about such injustice.
"To the best of my knowledge, election at the primaries stage requires delegates to cast their votes and a winner emerges with the majority votes. It therefore implies that there could not have been any voting process that occurred considering majority of the delegates were neither allowed to vote nor even granted access to the venue.
"No document that supposedly validates the election was signed by my agents because they were also denied access to the voting area.
"I, therefore call on the stakeholders of our party, the APC, to as a matter of urgency, save the reputation of the party by insisting on the members of the electoral committee to conduct a fresh, free and fair election."
Nigerians in their usual way took to the official Facebook page of Legit.ng and reacted to the development.
Some commended his move, others mock him for losing the bid despite his large followership on social media.
Matthew O.Michael asked
"Hahahaha...so your position could not guarantee you victory."
Taiwo Oyerinde said
"Too early to complain, go and siddon."
Olaribigbe Abdulazeez said
"Now u know how it feels, when d cabals u work for in d presidency maneuver and cheat other people out. You were given a dose of d bitter pill u serve others."
Nwigwe Shedrack Izuchukwu stated
"Say break fast go reach everybody."
Samson Tick wrote
"Guy accept defeat and move."
Auwal A Abubakar Kure said
"He just begin politics."
Ejigbo Okai said
"May God punish him."
Joel Moses urged
"Instead of you to reject the party you're rejecting outcome. I pity you."
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