Osita Okechukwu acquires APC senatorial forms

Aanya Igomu, Abuja

The Director General of Voice of Nigeria, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, has purchased the All Progressives Congress, APC, Expression of Interest and Nomination forms to run as Senator of Enugu West Senatorial district in eastern Nigeria.

Speaking to journalists at the National Secretariat of Nigeria’s governing party, after getting the form, he said, if elected, he would work in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s plan for Agriculture, by establishing Cassava and Rice farms at different locations in Enugu state.

He added that he would push for the establishment of a standard gauge rail line that will run from the eastern to northern part of Nigeria.

“I intend to use my experience, my network across the length and breath of the country to make demands that will get my people to have the eastern corridor railways just like the western corridor railways.

“In my discussion with Mr. President, he said, he’ll do all he can to start the eastern corridor railways and the eastern corridor railways is going to go from Port Harcourt to Maiduguri,” he said.

He said that his state adopted the process of indirect primary to elect their flag bearers for the 2019 General Election.

This would make the Enugu state chapter of the APC, one of the many state chapters of the party, that have adopted the indirect primary method of electing candidates for the 2019 General Election in Nigeria.

The Director General of Voice of Nigeria said the lack of a membership database of APC members in the state would make it impossible to conduct a proper direct primary in the state.

“We have no valid databank of membership; no APC person has any card that is biometric, we can’t live in the ancient age. We are not trained for election management. So in Enugu, we decided, along with people, in the majority of the federation, that in our level to manage it better, it’s better we go for the indirect primaries.”

Niger governor

In another development a group known as the Minna Market Association from Niger State purchased the APC Expression of Interest and Nomination forms for the incumbent governor of Niger state, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello.

Speaking to journalists after purchasing the forms at the APC Headquarters, the spokesman of the association, Mr. Ahmed Salihu said they want the Governor to run for a second term in office because of his present performance as the Governor.
“We doing this because the governor has achieved a lot not only for market people but to the entire Niger people. Talking about the market people, for the first time the governor fixed all the roads in the market.
“He provided three 500 KVA  electricity generator to the market. He did this because he wants to discourage the use of small power generating sets in the market in order avoid fire disaster.
“So because of these things, the market people decided to come together to do this for him. We are here on his behalf without even his knowledge. After here we are going back to the state present it to the governor as a big surprise.
“If the market association has a chance, it would have first purchased the form for President Muhammadu Buhari for what he has done,” he said.