APC Steering Committee protests indirect primaries in Gombe

Rebecca Mu’azu, Gombe

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The Stakeholders Forum of the All Progressives Congress, APC, is protesting against the resolve by a few Executive/Working Committee members of the party to hold indirect Primaries in Gombe State.

The letter addressed to the APC’s National Chairman complaint that the Executive/Working Committee held its meeting on September 5, 2018 with only a few members who agreed on the indirect primaries.

Majority of the steering committee members and aspirants in the state did not know about the development.

Unpopular decision
The Secretary of the Steering Committee, Mr. Abdul-Ghaliy Bello told journalists that the decision to hold indirect primaries were unpopular and without the support of the majority in the party.

Mr. Bello said ”there was already a court order by a Gombe High Court nullifying the mini congress held in October 2017, where eight officials were elected to fill the vacancies in the party.”

“Arising from that election, one of the contestants of the Youth Leaders position, went to court, contested and the court ruled and nullified those elections. The court order was sent to the National Headquarters of the party to inform them that the mini election was nullified. Therefore, it should not hold party congress that was held in May, because those people that were elected, their elections had been nullified and the APC did not contest that judgement,” Bello explained.

Mr. Bello said a letter of protest by the steering Committee had been written and sent to the Federal Secretariat of the party in Abuja because among the people who took the decision were those whose elections in October last year was nullified by a Gombe High Court ruling in May, 2018.

He also said the May congresses held at ward, local and state government levels were being challenged in a High Court in Gombe, by about 90 contestants in the congresses.

 “There is a subsisting court case right now in the High Court, in which 90 contestants in the ward congresses purportedly held on the 5th of May, 2018  are challenging the legality of the election results. In fact, the court is expected to deliver or probably at this point delivering a ruling Ex-parte Motion filed by the plaintiffs praying the court to restrain the declared winners of the purported elections from parading themselves as members of the Working Committee of their respective Wards, on Friday, 7th September, 2018,” Bello said.

Direct election
Following all the complaints, the steering committee members of the All Progressives Congress in Gombe State is recommending to the party’s National headquarters in Abuja to agree for the state primaries to be conducted through the direct means and by an independent election committee, preferably from another state.

They say ”this is to avoid the outcome of the primaries from being declared invalid by the High Court and also hope the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress will consider the letter and view its importance and urgency.”

It will be recalled that some positions in the party was filled in October 2017 by consensus, which was by May this year rendered null and void because it was conducted through indirect voting.

Bello said the decision they took was to save the party from losing in the 2019 elections like it did in 2015, because of internal crisis.

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere