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6 Sep 2018

Shehu Sani Reacts To Adoption Of Indirect Primaries By Kaduna APC

The Senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani has insisted that direct system of primaries remains the best option for the All Progressives Congress, APC, to ensure that popular and credible candidates emerge for the party to be victorious in the 2019 general elections.

He asserted that, “The safest, fairest and best thing is for us to throw this thing open if you are not afraid of the people that you are aspiring to represent, subject yourself to election by them.”
Reacting to the stand of the state APC going for indirect primaries in the state in ensuring the emergence of its candidates in the 2019 general elections, Sani told newsmen in Kaduna that “The position taken by the party today is a request to the national secretariat of the party. We have also made our position very clear so it is left for the national secretariat to take a position.”

He added, “The party has just concluded the state executive committee meeting at which they read out a resolution that they prefer the indirect method in the forthcoming primary elections. Well, that is the state’s position and not the final say, national headquarters required that every states executive committees must submit a written request signed by state’s executive committee members, critical stakeholders as well as aspirants to various offices in the state.
“So far, out of these three categories of people, the state executive committee has taken its own stand, it’s left for critical stakeholders and aspirants to state their own position on this matter.”

The lawmaker explained that indirect primary was simply about fear of the people, adding that, “You don’t want to subject yourself to the people. It is the very fact that APC cannot change the political landscape of Nigeria by adopting a system of cash and carry.

“You pay to be elected, that must be fought if we want to instill discipline and orderliness in our democratic system if we must make it possible to men of honour, principles and ideas to trump up into office through a credible and transparent process,” he observed.

Also reacting to the position taken by the party in the state, a senatorial aspirant in the APC, Sani Saleh said, “As an aspirant to the office of Senator for Kaduna Central senatorial district, I do not agree to indirect method of conducting the primaries because of obvious reasons.

“One of the reasons is the manner in which the congresses were conducted. It was conducted in such a way that certain individuals were given the opportunity to select the entire executive members from every wards and local government areas in the state. It was not free and fair so I don’t think I will be doing justice to myself, to subject myself to general election under that condition.

“The second aspect is that there is litigation on the conduct of the congresses and if I subject myself to an election under this condition and I am elected by illegal excos then the whole thing will be an exercise in futility because it can be nullified by the court.”

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