Kogi guber polls: Governor Bello’s opponents get upper hand

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Opponents of Governor Yahaya Bello in the contest for the All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship ticket in Kogi State may get upper hand as the party’s leadership considers their petition against indirect primaries.

While Bello preferred indirect primaries, his opponents numbering 20 have opted for direct primaries, alleging that the governor would hijack the process by making local government chairmen, State House of Assembly Members loyal to him and his Aides delegates, if the indirect primary is allowed.

The aspirants in a petition to the APC National Working Committee, NWC argued that, “it is instructive to note that nearly all the 21 local governments Chairmen are Governor Yahaya Bello’s coordinators. To subject other aspirants to this hostile political mechanism in the name of indirect primary amounts to a clear case of political ambush, gross injustice and trust betrayed,” they argued.

“Arising from these cogent observations, we categorically reject the indirect primary adopted by our party for Kogi State,” they noted.

APC NWC had approved indirect primaries for Kogi but following the petitions, it has agreed to look at the merit of the petitions in line with the party’s constitution and come out with a position in due course.

Lanre Issa-Onilu, APC National Publicity Secretary, in statement in Abuja acknowledged that the party  had received petitions from some stakeholders in Kogi State in reaction to indirect primaries adopted for the election of APC candidate for November 16 governorship polls in the state.

According to him, the NWC thanked the aggrieved APC stakeholders in Kogi State for the peaceful manner in which they have conducted themselves so far and their trust in the NWC to do the right thing.

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