Aggrieved APC governorship aspirants seek direct primary, allege hijack of tickets.
Written by News Room on May 25, 2022
Some All Progressives Congress governorship and state Houses of Assembly aspirants in Ogun, Rivers, Sokoto, Lagos and Osun states have called for a direct primary to elect the party’s candidates in the 2023 elections.
The aspirants, in separate interviews with Journalists on Tuesday, alleged that governors and some ministers hijacked election of delegates, who would vote at Thursday governorship and Houses of Assembly primaries.
According reports, the election of delegates in Rivers, Sokoto, Benue and Rivers was characterized by crises with factions rejecting the results.
In the Rivers State APC secretariat, there were gunshots by the police, who dispersed supporters of a governorship aspirant, Senator Magnus Abe, who alleged that a former Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, hijacked the congress.
Four governorship aspirants in Ogun State—Owodunni Opayemi, Adekunle Akinlade, Modele Sarafa-Yusuf and Biyi Otegbeye—in a petition to the APC National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, obtained by one of our correspondents on Tuesday, demanded a direct primary for the shadow election that would hold on Thursday.
Nine APC governorship aspirants Niger State, in a letter to the state Governor Abubakar Bello, alleged that some people had tampered with the party’s delegates’ list.