Kogi APC Guber Ticket: Ex-Lawmaker Calls For Caution

By Amuda Dan Sulaiman Fab

Former lawmaker who represented Kabba-Bunu State Constituency and Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), Nathaniel Ojo Taiwo has appealed to the National Working Committee, NWC of the party to take a second look at the controversies sorunding its governorship primary.

The former lawmaker made the appeal on Sunday at a media interaction with Journalists in Lokoja, the state capital.

Nathaniel said the Friday 14 April primary meant for the election of APC governorship flag bearer did not hold in many places and at best fraught with irregularities in others.

He called on the party leadership to investigate complaints coming out from the exercise in the interest of the party, while at the same time appealing to APC members not to take the law into their hands, but explore available options within the party machinery to address their grievances.

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Nathaniel recalled that in his Okebukun Ward of Kabba-Bunu Local Government Area, enthusiastic party members were disappointed after enduring long hours and waiting in vain for electoral officers. He recalled that Senator Smart Adeyemi eventually won in a landslide in the make up poll, organised by the ward leadership.

He described the result trending in the media awarding victory to former LG Auditor General, Ahmed Usman Ododo as a charade, insisting that the party must follow due process and take steps to strengthen internal democracy.

“Governor Yahaya Bello is someone I respect so much, having demonstrated so much love and support for Senator Smart Adeyemi in the past. One is however shocked that he along with Governor Matawalle of Zamfara State and Hon. Patrick Obahiagbon supervised the so called Kogi Governorship Primary of our party.

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“They said it was going to be direct primary, which ordinarily means all registered party members will vote. Later they started speaking English talking about financial members. One is a loss about these things. Why do you do things like this if you have no skeleton in your cupboard.

“With the use of BVAS, things are no longer as usual with our election. My party needs to address the issues. I appeal to every aggrieved person to follow due process, before jumping to the court.” Nathaniel cautioned.

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