A chieftain of the APC in Bauchi State, Hamidu Sa’idu Ghani, has expressed fear that the crises rocking the party in the state may lead to loss of many elective seats being occupied by its members at both state and national levels.
Ghani, who contested for Bauchi Federal Constituency’s House of Representatives seat in 2015 on the platform of the APC, said what transpired during the last wards, local governments and state congresses as well as the primaries had severely weakened the party.
According to him, while the opposition parties conducted their primaries with less rancour and acrimony, the APC leadership chose to “select mediocre individuals” as candidates against more deserving and politically strong members who contested for the tickets.
He said the actions and inactions of the APC leadership and Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar had undermined the party and alienated most of its loyal members.
Ghani, therefore, warned that the people who engaged in brazen disregard of people’s choice and imposed their selfish wills on them will face the consequences of their actions.
“I am sure this will affect the electoral fortunes of the party. I am telling you, many APC members will rather vote for a stronger opposition candidate than vote for any imposed candidate. People are not fools to accept the daylight robbery presented as results of non-existent primary election.
“Bauchi has a history of voting for President Muhammadu Buhari and they will vote for him anytime. But mark my words, the president may not get the number of votes he had been getting in the past. People are very angry about what happened and they will rather not vote than vote for an imposed candidate,” he added.