A chieftain of APC in Yobe state Alhaji Yakubu Muhammed Jacob has said that the endorsement of some aspirants by Governor Ibrahim Geidam does not in anyway mean there will not be primary elections in the state.
He added that the constitution of the party and democratic principles allowed only the party members to choose their own candidates. He added that there is no room for imposition of candidates in APC.
“The fact that the governor has endorsed some candidates does not mean there will not be primary elections. Primary elections must take place for all elective positions in the state. The governor as an individual has right to show support to some candidates but that does not in anyway mean that there will not be primary elections.”
“I am therefore calling on all party members across Yobe state to make sure that they obtained their PVC and party membership card to ensure that they are ready to exercise their rights in the forthcoming elections,” Alhaji Yakubu Muhammed Jacob said.
He added that majority of party members across Yobe state clamoured for direct party primary elections but the stakeholders agreed on indirect primary elections.
“The current leadership of APC is different and is keen to entrench internal democracy and therefore will not and cannot in anyway allow imposition of candidates on the party. We have all the hope and confidence in APC as it is now, and we are sure it will not condone undemocratic moves.”
Alhaji Yakubu Muhammed also warns that any attempt to impose candidates or manipulate primary elections process can adversely affect the prospects of APC in Yobe state.