The chairman of the APC in Borno State, Ali Bukar Dalori, yesterday, commended Governor Kashim Shettima for allowing all those wishing to succeed him to buy nomination forms.
Dalori commended Shettima for “creating an atmosphere of democratic freedom in which aspirants under the APC were given their rights to obtain forms for the governorship and other seats as against previous practices of dictatorship.”
About 15 people are in the contest for the Borno governorship under the platform of the APC; and most of them had obtained the forms.
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The party chair said this was a departure from the past when party members were denied freedom to aspire for positions. Dalori said it was the first time since 1999 that aspirants under a ruling party in Borno State where given such freedom.
In a statement emailed to journalists on Tuesday, the chairman said the governor resisted offers to immediately anoint a successor, opting for an open and liberal democratic process where persons with aspiration were not only allowed but even encouraged to obtain forms for expression of interest.
“The APC in Borno State is happy with its growing number of aspirants especially for the governorship because the development has charged the political atmosphere in favour of the APC and in positive and peaceful manner,” he said.