Nasarawa State House of Assembly aspirants from the All Progressives Congress (APC) are currently protesting in their various constituencies on the action allegedly taken by the party’s national secretariat to change the delegates’ list submitted by the state chapter.
Punch is reporting that almost all state assembly aspirants had withdrawn from the race in protest, vowing that the exercise would not hold unless the legitimately elected delegates are restored to participate.
The entire delegates’ list for the House of Assembly primary elections changed hours after the governorship primary election where Governor Abdullahi Sule emerged as the winner.
The State APC Chairman, John Mamman, said to journalists in Lafia on Thursday night:
“We consider this as undemocratic, capable of breeding disaffection and tension in the party. Therefore, the party will not accept any list outside the list of delegates who emerged after the APC congress in the state.
“The national secretariat should therefore in the interest of peace, unity, harmony, and progress of the party, ensure that the wishes of the law-abiding and loyal party members are respected.”
APC members in the state said that development may affect the governor’s nomination if challenged in court because the delegates who voted for the governor were supposed to vote for the House of Assembly, House of Representatives, and the Senatorial aspirants, saying the strange delegates had no rights to vote.
A party member who pleaded anonymity said:
“The plan is to take over the structures of the party from the incumbent governor in 2027 when he will be completing his second tenure, to enable Adamu to install the next governor and maintain the structures”, said the party member.
There are also fillers that the change of the delegates list might be to favour a senatorial aspirant in Nasarawa North, Danladi Evunlanza against incumbent Senator Godiya Akwashiki, and possibly to favour Shehu Tukur in the Nasarawa West Senatorial district against Ahmed Wadada and Labaran Magaji who are battling to succeed Adamu in the Senate.
“The doctored list is also not in favour of the member representing Keana, Awe, and Doma federal constituency, Hassan Nalaraba as well as the member representing Lafia/Obi federal constituency, Abubakar Sarki-Dahiru, who is seeking a 3rd term in office”, the source narrated.
The Independent National Electoral Commission had warned political parties of the consequences of changing the delegates’ lists midway into the primary elections. With the doctored list in Nasarawa state, the entire primaries of the APC may likely be nullified if the matter is taken to court.
This development if not checked, may pave the way for the court to declare all candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state as duly elected in 2023 on the account that the APC does not have valid delegates.
Meanwhile, reacting to the accusation leveled against the national secretariat of the APC by the state chairman, a chieftain of the party in the state, Nasil Zakari, condemned the statement made by John Mamman saying it was capable of bringing disunity among stakeholders of the party.