The All Progressive Congress national headquarters has warned its
Kebbi State chapter to conduct free and fair primaries instead of
imposing candidates for the local government elections which is
scheduled to hold in the state on July 15, 2017.
APC, in a letter addressed to the chairman of the Kebbi state chapter
of the party, said it had received several petitions noting that there
has been no communication to aspiring candidates on the date and place
of primary elections which are supposed to be held before the July
The letter signed by the legal adviser of the APC, Muiz Banire in
which the Kebbi State governor, Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu was
copied read: “The party is in receipt of several petitions from
aspirants in kebbi State with respect to the proposed local government
council elections scheduled to take place on the 15th of July, 2017.
It is our information that till date, there has been no communication
to interested candidates of the party, the date wherein the primaries
will be conducted.
“I wish to bring to your attention the provisions of Articles 20 (ii)a
and 21(xi) of the constitution of the All Progressives Congress to the
extent that all screened and cleared aspirants must pass through
primaries save and except where there is only one candidate in which
case there will be an affirmation.
“As you are aware, Article 21(xi) clearly spells out the consequences
of tempering with the processes in internal democracy of the party and
any submission of names without the conduct of primaries shall amount
to falsification of nomination results.
“In view of the above and in order to avoid the needless and expensive
litigation that can arise out of the actions complained about in the
various petitions sent to the national headquarters, we hereby counsel
that as a matter of urgency, arrangements must be put in place towards
the conduct of free and transparent primaries in the respective local
governments areas of the state.” The letter said. ELANZANEWS.M