By Alex Uangbaoje, Kaduna
An aggrieved aspirant of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Sir Jalal Falal, the only aspirant contesting against Governor Nasir el-Rufai, has said will no longer participate in the primary election, because of the indirect method of election adopted by the state chapter of the party.
Jalal, in at a Press Conference, said, “i have reached out and consulted widely with elders and well meaning people of Kaduna State, politicians and non politicians alike, NGOs, CSOs, CBOs, religious, community and traditional leaders, students’ union bodies, trade and labour unions, women and youth organizations, our team of supporters within and outside our party, volunteer campaign groups and many other stakeholders whom we have contacted before we made our intention known.
“The advice we have gotten from all the aforementioned stakeholders without a contrary view is to simply boycott the Indirect mode of Primary Elections adopted by the APC in Kaduna State, as it is certain that we will be unjustly treated by stooges imposed as leaders of the party who are not elected but handpicked to serve the interest of the Governor and his anointed godsons and daughters against the overall interest of the party and its members.”
He said he was motivated to joined the race for APC Gubernatorial ticket in Kaduna State, because he was determined that he will give the party members a better alternative aspirant who will deliver the party to victory at the general election to avoid risking the party’s ticket to an unpopular candidate that may cause the party to suffer defeat from the opposition.
Jalal, added, “we were moved by the idea of Direct Primaries that was said to be the option for nomination of candidates in APC at all level. We were motivated to put to practice the ‘not too young to run’ law assented by the President which is now a law.
But, “in view of the decision of the APC Kaduna State Chapter which is yet to be reversed by the National Headquarters of our party up to the time of this conference, i cannot subject myself to Indirect Primary Election by those i believe are not legitimately elected by the general congress of the party, hence, i have boycotted the primaries.
“I sincerely thank the good people of Kaduna State for the confidence they reposed on us and the support they have shown to the struggle to this end. However, the youth of Kaduna State deserve a special recognition for their sacrifice and doggedness on the course they believed would have salvaged Kaduna State from the present situation of total bad governance. We thank you most profoundly for identifying and standing by us all through.” He said.
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