Crisis is looming in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State following the alleged doctoring of delegates’ list in some of the local government areas of the state reportedly by the APC national secretariat under the leadership of Senator Abdullahi Adamu.
The state chairman of the party, Dr. John Mamman, who accused the national body of the party of doctoring the list, described the action as undemocratic and capable of breeding disaffection, tension and disunity in the party.
Addressing journalists at the party’s secretariat in Lafia on Thursday night, Mamman said due to the changes made in the delegates’ list, the state House Assembly aspirants were withdrawing from the race, noting that the list presented to them at the venues of the primary election had strange delegates’ names.
“We are forced to suspend the primary election pending when this issue is being addressed,” Mamman added.
He said, “Adamu’s action is undemocratic which is capable of breeding disaffection, tension and disunity in the party, adding that the doctored delegates list will not be accepted in the state.”
“The emergence of Abdullahi Adamu as APC National Chairman was greeted with popular acclamation by teeming members of the party because of his experiences in politics.
“But the party in Nasarawa state is saddened by the discovery that the official and authentic list of the delegates sent to the National Secretariat for the party’s primaries has been completely changed or doctored in a number of local government areas of the state.”
Mamman added, “We are also saddened that the National Secretariat has truncated the conduct of the primaries by directing the Congress Committee to stop the process midway and we find this inexplicable.
“In the light of the above unfortunate developments, the APC in Nasarawa State, will not tolerate this unwarranted doctoring of the official delegates list sent to the national secretariat.
“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.”
Wihile clearing the air, Mamman said that the delegates’ list for the just concluded governoship primary election was not doctored, urging all aspirants and members of the party to remain calm as drastic steps hhd been taken towards tackling the abonomaly in the issue.
Meanwhile, eight aspirants vying for the House of Assembly seat in Lafia North constituency, have withdrawn from the race, expressing worry over the alleged irregularities in the process.
One of the aspirants, Eunice Kigbu, who spoke to Daily Trust, explained that they were unable to access the delegates’ list and accused the incumbent House member, Muhammed Alkali, of collaborating with security operatives to stop them from protesting against the irregularities.
“We reported the matter to Governor Abdullahi Sule for prompt action but he referred us to the state APC chairman to address the issue.
“The state APC chairman promised us that he will check the list and revert back to us but uptill this moment, we are yet to get any feedback from him and that is why we are withdrawing from the contest. We may have to seek justice in court,” Kigbu said.
She said her life and those of her party loyalists were in danger and urged that adequate security should be provided at the venues.
Aigbu stated, We are no longer save because of this primary election in the state. The security operatives were deployed to the venue of the election, itimidatating us and our supporters with guns”
When contacted on the phone, the APC National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Felix Morka, described the allegation as “nonsensical,” saying that 8t was aimed at tarnishing the image of the party.
“I have no idea of how the delegate lists of Nasarawa State were tempered with,” he added.