APC rift deepens following Governorship Primaries

By Post Nigeria December 6, 2014 15:13

APC rift deepens following Governorship Primaries

The All Progressives Congress, APC completed its gubernatorial primary elections on 4th Dec. 2014 across States.

According to news reports, the election, did not totally go smoothly in major states.

In Nasarawa State, Governor Umaru Tanko Al- Makura emerged as the APC’s governorship candidate for the 2015 general elections.

The governor scored 1,630 votes from the 2,543 delegates who participated to defeat two other candidates, Reuben Audu, and James Angbazo.

Mr. Audu scored 17 votes while Mr. Angbazo got 73 votes, five invalid votes were recorded.

The exercise which started late was carried out at in the Lafia city hall after delegates where accredited at the Abacha Youth Centre and the Lafia stadium.

The primaries, which held under heavy security, was also duly supervised by Ike Chinwo, the chairman of the panel and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, headed by Ahmed Makama.

In another development according to The Vanguard, three aspirants out of the eight aspirants in Taraba State protested the conduct of the primary in the state won by Jumai Aisha Alhassan.

The aggrieved aspirants, Mohammed Suleiman, Mohammed Ibrahim and Yusufu Akirikwen, alleged that the team conducting the election was doing the bidding of Alhassan.

They went on to voice their displeasure, at the manner in which APC carried out the primaries in Taraba State, informing journalists that they had earlier asked for the list of delegates prior to the election but they were kept in the dark on all the information relating to the conduct of the exercise that held at the Jolly Nyame Stadium, Jalingo.

The name of one of the aspirants, Ezekiel Afukonyo, was reportedly omitted from the list of the Taraba State aspirants.

In a bid to save face, the head of the election panel sent from Abuja, Kola Shittu, promised to brief the press on all the issues later.

Also, Reports from Benue State stated that there was heavy crisis rocking the Benue State chapter of the APC, which deepened yesterday resulting in a free-for-all by top officials of the party at its state secretariat in Makurdi.

In the APC controlled state of Lagos, 4 persons were reportedly killed by thugs who unleashed bullets at by-standers and looted shops, after the result of the election was made known.

In other states, the winners were: Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara) Nasir El-Rufai (Kaduna), Ibrahim Geidam (Yobe), Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara), Hon Dakuku Peterside (Rivers), Okey Ezea (Enugu), Olorogun O’tega Emerhor (Delta), Umana Umana (Akwa Ibom), Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto).

In Oyo, Governor Abiola Ajimobi secured the ticket of the party to contest the governorship race for the second time.

In Ogun, the political atmosphere became charged as the deputy governor of the state, Prince Segun Adesegun declared his intention to run for the governorship on the platform of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) on a day his estranged boss, Senator Ibikunle Amosun emerged the governorship candidate of the APC.

The two political leaders who were elected on the platform of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) in 2011 held separate political gatherings simultaneously few kilometers from each other.