Supporters of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Chanchaga Constituency in Niger State have called on the national body of the party to look into the alleged change of delegates list for the House of Representatives primary election in the state.
Speaking to journalists on the development, Saidu Magaji, Chairman of Unity Mega Group, during a press conference in Minna on Saturday, said the delegates’ list was tampered with as a result of which, the election could not hold on May 27 to elect the Constituency’s representative, adding,” the delegates came from 8 a.m to 9 p.m for the election, but no election was conducted”.
Magaji, who spoke through Malam Balarabe Magaji, Vice Chairman of the group, hinged the situation on the insistence of the state leadership of the APC to impose a candidate that is not acceptable to the people of the constituency.
Three aspirants running for the seat include Dr Mustapha Jibrin, Amb. Nmaa Ahmed and Adamu Abubakar.
He stated, “We want the national chairman of our great party and the world to know that there was no primary election in Chanchaga local government for fear that a particular aspirant will win the election.
“The hierarchy of APC in the state office have been thrown into confusion and reduced to puppet used in implementing corrosive and toxic anti-masses agenda by insisting on bringing unpopular candidate hook line and sinker.
“We want to assure the public that those who become self-assumed kingmakers in the state and Chanchaga will be disappointed by the masses at the general election.”
He urged the national chairman of the party to address the issue with immediate effect and direct the state party executives to obey the wishes of the masses for the smooth running of the 2023 general election.
Magaji warned that if the issue was not addressed, the two aspirants would be forced to move to another party to contest and would be voted for by the masses in the 2023 general election.
According to him, “the group is calling on Mr Umaru Bago, member representing Chanchaga Federal constituency and winner of the governorship ticket to stand to ensure justice is done among the three candidates.
“We want to reiterate that no miracle will give the party quantum of votes she polled in 2019, only credible and acceptable candidates will do that, electoral victory is a function of many factors.”
He noted that every constituency in Nigeria has given a strong nod to personalities to fly the flag of the party, but the reverse is the case with the Chanchaga constituency, urging the national chairman to, with immediate effect, save the party from self-assumed political kingmakers in the constituency.
Bashir Isah, youth leader of the Constituency explained, “the leadership want to impose a candidate of their choice on us by changing the list continuously. They should allow us to choose our own candidate, who we believe will work for us.”
According to Saadu Balarabe, “For over three weeks, the state party leadership kept changing the list of delegates of the Constituency. In one of the changes made my wife’s name was dropped, and the following week, my brother’s name was also dropped and it continued like that for three weeks. This led to alot of confusion among us”