An aspirant of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Kogi central senatorial district in the just concluded party primaries, Bar. Ramatu Tasalla Shehu has said that there was no APC primaries in Kogi central and no candidate emerged.
Addressing newsmen on Tuesday during a press conference, she stated that she disassociated herself from the Kangaroo Kogi central senatorial district primary election held in the 28th of May at Kahal Cinema Okene.
Mallam Yusuf Adeku AbdulKadir who address the press on behalf of the aspirant stressed that as aspirants Alhaji Dalhatu Sheriff and she were never at any time allowed access to the delegates lists nor were they obliged with copies.
Her words,” There was no accreditation of the delegates. When we requested for the reason why they were not accredited, we were informed that they have been accredited by their respective local government chairmen. We are still in shock that Alhaji Yahaya Karaku is the returning officer contrary to APC guidelines. This is a gross aberration of the rules,” she said.
According to her, as soon as the voting was meant to start, a female delegate came forward and collected the ballot paper and walked to Senior Special Assistance Security Okene local government council Mr. Zubairu Amoka to start writing out the names of the preferred candidate Ohere on behalf of the delegates which they objected to.
“But we were ignored. In spite of our persistence insistence that due process must be followed and that the guidelines must be complied with, they failed and refused to acknowledge our protest. Thereafter, we decided to stage a walk out on protest
“Upon reaching outside, I called the chairman of the Electoral Committee from the APC Headquarters, he adviced that we return to the venue and I immediately called Alhaji Dalhatu Sheriff to join me, he arrived, and we waited outside for the Committee to arrive as well. The chairman and the other Electoral Committee members joined us and we left back to the venue hall. At this point the voting stopped temporary
“The chairman of the Electoral Committee tried to mediate between the three of us. While the process of mediation was ongoing, the returning officer and all the other political appointees there present were impatient
“They again commenced voting without waiting for a resolution, this time in a more disorganized manner. All I asked for is a level playing field. Let the people choose who they want. To ensure internal democracy.