Alex Uangbaoje, Kaduna
All Progressives Congress (APC), Stakeholders and Aspirants Forum in Kaduna State, has blamed the style of governance by the State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai on the main reason no body is interested in joining the party, despite the huge harvest of new members the party has gained across the country in the build up to the 2019 general election.
The Forum, also expressed their displeasure, and rejected the indirect primaries, the state party’s executive committee’s has adopted in selecting candidates that will represent the party at the general elections.
Speaking at a Press Conference in Kaduna on Friday, leader of the group and gubernatorial aspirant in the party, Sir Jalal Falal, noted that the people are not interested in moving to the APC in Kaduna state, because of the way the governor and his godsons and goddaughters are manipulating the part.
He said APC in Kaduna state will be in serious trouble if el-Rufai, is allowed to fly the party’s flag in the next election, saying, “we are not going to allow el-Rufai, to pick the ticket our party, it will mean a serious danger for us. I want to ensure that I take over from the outgoing governor.”
“The recent ward, local government and state congresses could rightly be said to be the icing on the cake. Officials of the party were single handedly picked by the Governor and his aides to run the affairs of the party.
“This is the backdrop against which the mass exodus from the party by its members has been taking place in the entire 23 Local Government Areas of Kaduna State.
“As we speak, the outcome of the so called congresses is still being contested in the courts of the land. Given these deep rifts in the party, our Forum fails to see how Indirect Primaries can produce candidates with mass based support.” Jalal, explained.
He observed that, “if the APC is to retain Kaduna State, it must throw up for election of strong candidates for her Gubernatorial and Legislative elections, candidates who can take on and win against the possibly strong candidates of the other parties.
“With Indirect Primaries however, this critical issue is unlikely to be the principal concern of delegates. With consciences bought highest bidders, and their loyalties to the Governor and his cronies, the delegates would rather be head bent on endorsing only money bags and the anointed candidates of the Governor.
“The bulk of the members of the party including critical stakeholders who have given their all to enthrone APC in Kaduna State have been marginalized and excluded from the mainstream of the affairs of the party.
“Perceived enemies of the Governor are hounded and persecuted to no end. Jobs are lost, homes and businesses are demolished with careless abandon and extreme premeditated malice.” He added.
The guber aspirant, said the purpose of the press conference was to reiterate their collective decision in favour of the adoption of Direct Primaries as the most ideal mode of nominating the 2019 general elections candidates of their Party in Kaduna State.
According to him, “we adopted this position after a very careful analysis of the dire geopolitical situation of Kaduna State in particular and that of Nigeria in general.
“The role of the APC as the ruling party is, to say the least. very crucial in moving forward the political-economy of our great country. We hold the view that the APC as a governing party must walk the talk.
“Our party, the APC came to power on the mantra of lighting corruption and the enthronement of the ideals of participatory democracy. This process in itself begins with recruiting for elections the most capable, popular and trusted candidates through processes that are credible and widely accepted by members of the party.
“We object to Indirect Primaries precisely because, relying as it does on the delegate system, it is by its very nature prone to the manipulative influence of the few and, what is worse, the corruptive practice of vote buying. It is an open secret that the APC in Kaduna State has been under the total control of the Governor and his anointed godsons and daughters.
“Already our incorruptible President, Muhammadu Buhari, and the national leadership of the party have, in their wisdom, committed to Dircct Primarics. We urge the Kaduna State Governor and the party in the state to be on the same page with them, to have the moral courage not only to do what is right but by taking the path of honor, and shunning such corruptive tendencies of Indirect Primaries in our body polity, but equally important to have the audacity to test their popularity through Direct Primaries.
“Popular candidates need not fear direct engagements with party members and the general electorates, this is our position and, as you are very much aware. We have also communicated same to the national leadership of our great party.”
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