A group, Forum of Plateau APC Governorship Aspirants, has called for the cancellation of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial primaries, saying it was not in consonance with the party’s guidelines.

The Forum is also seeking an order for the review of congresses starting from the ward level upwards, so that proper election of delegates to participate in another that will produce a credible candidate will be held.

The aspirants equally said the purported winner is ineligible to contest the gubernatorial primaries because he is only over four months old in the party.

This was contained in a press statement signed by the Secretary of the Forum, Dr. Danyaro Dakon Sarpiya, on behalf of the aggrieved aspirants, urging the National Leadership of the party to act or risk facing what happened in Zamfara and Rivers states in 2019.

DAILY POST recalls that on the 26th of May 2022, Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda was declared the winner of the APC governorship primaries in the S=state, after polling 803 votes to defeat other aspirants.

Recall also that the Deputy Governor, of the State, Prof. Sonni Tyoden, Dr. Patrick Dakum and David Victor Dimka walked out in protest during the primary election.

It reads, “Rather than conducting elections to produce delegates that would vote in the primaries, information reached us that the delegates that elected State Officers of the party were going to be adopted as delegates for the primaries.

“Strange as that was, we could not work to garner votes from delegates as the list kept changing even until the day of the primaries. Suffice to say that we all had no list of delegates to date.

“Attempts to find out who the delegates were and reach them were almost impossible as they were accommodated by local government chairmen as well as political appointees who kept personal watch over them hindering us from having access to them.

“Worthy of note is the fact that contrary to Article 28 of the guidelines, these local government chairmen and political appointees who had no business in the venue of the primaries were allowed entry to intimidate and facilitate votes unjustly.”

According to the aspirants, “The over 80 percent of the delegates literally handed over their ballot paper to the agent of the purported winner who filled in what he wanted as their votes.

“That contrary to Article 3(j) of the guidelines, the purported winner who until his recent resignation from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is a member for only 4 months and some days now making him ineligible to contest the gubernatorial primaries.”

The Forum however sought that; “A declaration that the gubernatorial primaries held on the 26th May 2022 that returned Dr. Nentawe Yilwatda is not in consonance with the APC guidelines for the nomination of candidates for 2023 elections, the All Progressives Congress constitution (October 2014 as Amended) as well as the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (As Amended).

“A declaration that the gubernatorial primaries held on the 26 May 2022, is null and void and liable to be set aside.

“An order for a review of congresses from the ward level upwards for the proper election of delegates to participate in another primaries to produce a credible candidate.”

DAILY POST also recalls that about three weeks ago, the aforementioned group had threatened to dump the party if guidelines for the gubernatorial primary election were not followed.

It had also accused Governor Simon Lalong, members of his family, and his inlaws of planning to forcefully install Dr. Nentawe as the party’s candidate.

Plateau APC guber primaries: Aspirants describe exercise as charade, call for cancellation