Defections, litigation, others await APC over indirect primaries – Marafa
By Mu’azu Lawal Gusau 1/9/2018
The Senator representing Zamfara Central, Kabiru Garba Marafa, has said that there are a lot of negative repercussions awaiting the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the decision to conduct indirect primaries at the states’ level.
Marafa, a governorship aspirant of the party in Zamfara State, said there may be a lot of litigation and defections in the party following the decision to allow governors manipulate their ways through indirect primaries by delegates.
In a telephone interview with our correspondent, the senator said the party may also lose some elected positions to the opposition parties after emerging victorious all as a result of the indirect primaries, which he said would be done by delegates that were illegally selected during congresses in many states.
He said, however, that the decision to conduct direct primaries for the presidential election would save the party at the centre because nobody would challenge the party either within or outside as the right procedure is adopted.
He said many National Assembly members of the APC would not be obedient to the party any longer with the kind of decision taken on indirect primaries at state levels.
”One, I see it as a vote of no confidence on the congresses conducted months ago. Two, it shows how committed and intelligent Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu is to the party and the president. Also, it shows how committed Oshiomhole is. Three, it shows their hands were tight.
“Since the NEC is populated by the governors and their cronies, whatever they want would scale through.
“They were aware that the congresses were flawed and that they were subject to litigation across the country. The present NWC were convinced that most of what the congresses did wouldn’t stand with time.
”You are going to see the repercussions. When the National Assembly resumes, you’ll see that a lot of people won’t be obedient to the party any longer. That’s what it means.
“Undoubtedly people would want to pick tickets elsewhere and contest. The people of Zamfara are ready to vote for Buhari, but in other elections, they will vote for personalities.”
Asked if court judgment did not come in their favour in the ongoing litigation against the party’s congresses, he said: “We have several options, and we’ll take one if we feel and are convinced that we are not fairly treated.
“Since the governors are not interested in direct primaries and what they did in their states was like a child play, the NWC decided that let’s hold the centre.
“The delegates won’t be the ones to elect the president so that courts won’t quash the president’s ticket.
“They’ve also realized that the masses truly believe in the person of president Muhammadu Buhari, but the governor’s, most of them, lost relevance in their states. It is only somebody that isn’t relevant that won’t want direct primaries.
“It’s a shame that a senator would call for direct primary, while a governor would object it. The governors are the ones that are afraid of direct
Borno deputy Governor commends orderly manners of electorates, as he cast his vote in Biu
Borno deputy governor commends orderly manner of electorates, as he cast his vote in Biu
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Borno State Deputy Governor, Alh Umar Usman Kadafur has described the conduct of the local government election in Biu and other local government areas in southern Borno as the most peaceful and orderly.
Alhaji Umar Kadafur disclosed this in an interview with journalists in Biu, the headquarters of Biu local government area, shortly after he casted his vote at his polling unit Mbulamial primary school ,Zarawuyaku ward Biu local government.
The deputy governor commended the people of southern Borno for having confidence in this administration under the good leadership of professor Babagana Umara Zulum and the APC party ,this the deputy governor attributed to lack of opposition in this local government election.
He reiterated the determination of this administration to continue to provide the people with basic social amenities and called on them to remain peaceful loyal and law abiden citizens.
It could be recalled that this the first time local government elections is being conducted in the state for over a decade of Boko Haram insurgency.
Borno LG elections: Governor Zulum commends voters turnout in Mafa, as voters cast their bites to elect their chairman, councillors
Borno LG elections; Governor Zulum commends voters turn out in Mafa, as voters cast their bites to elect their chairman, councillors
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum has commended the Borno State Independent Elections Commission (BOSIEC) and the voters for orderly and peaceful conduct of the Local Government Elections.
Speaking shortly after casting his vote at the Ajati 1 polling unit, Mafa on Saturday, Governor Babagana Zulum said ” I am impressed with the turn out and orderly manner exhibited by the voters and process of the elections organised by the BOSIEC”
Also speaking after casting his vote, at Maiduguri Clinic a member House of Representatives, representing Jere Federal Constituency at the National Assembly, Engr Ahmed Satomi said ” I am satisfied with the turn out of voters and the orderly manner of the elections. You know people consider this election very important as the only government closer to the people”.
” With democratically elected leaders at the grassroots levels, the people would have access to their representatives, and forwards their needs for onward transmission to the state and federal government. So our people are happy for the opportunity of choosing the leader of their choice, after an over a decade of insurgency”, Hon Satomi added.
.He said ” with this elections the dreams of His Excellency, Governor Zulum of instituting civil authority at the grassroots levels and relocation of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) will be achieve in no distance time”.
Our correspondent who Monitored the elections within the Maiduguri metropolis reports that there was voters apparthy generally, as at around 10;00am only 7 voters out 503 registered voters casted their votes.at Waziri Ibrahim polling unit 2
The election was generally peaceful, as security operatives were seen at all the polling units and strategic places accross the the state.
In some polling units, however, there were delay in arrival of election materials due lack of transportation and other logistics.
A presiding officer at the Maiduguri polling Units, Bulama Ali said ” we are just coming because we had to wait for those who are far before attending to us. But we are here with all the materials. We have 3 units here and the others units are on their way’.
It could be recalled that the last time local government elections was held in Borno state, was in the year 2008 during the administration of former Governor Ali Sheriff.
Borno Electoral Commission Assures all political parties of free, fair, credible LG elections
Borno electoral commission assures all political parties of free, fair, credible LG elections
By Madu Mohammed, Maiduguri
The Borno State Independent Electoral Commission (BOSIEC), has assured all political parties that fielded candidates for the elections that the commission shall remain neutral and unbiased and strongly appealed to the electorates to come out en mass and vote for the candidates of their choice without fear, intimidation, or harassment, as law enforcement agents will be on ground to avoid breach of peace during the polls.
Addressing a press briefing at the headquarters of the BOSIEC in Maiduguri on Friday, the chairman of the commission, Alhaji Abdu Usman said ” I want use this medium and opportunity to allay the fear of political parties that have fielded candidates for the elections that the empire body BOSIEC shall remain neutral and unbiased.
He said that all arrangements have been concluded for the tomorrow’s Saturday 28th November, 2020 chairmanship,, Vice chairman and councillorship elections for the 27 local government areas of the state, adding that the election will commence from 8;am to 2!pm across the 5,012 wards in the state.
“the Borno state Independent Electoral Commission has concluded all the necessary arrangements to ensure smooth, orderly, and hitch free conduct of the polls. Electoral personnel made up of Electrical Officers, Local Government returning Officers, presiding officers, have already been trained in readiness for the exercise”
It could be recalled that the last time election was held in the state was in 2008 during the administration of former Governor Ali Modu Sheriff due to the Boko Haram insurgency.
The commission chairman said the election is going take place in all polling units of 23 local government areas, while that of Marte, Abadan, Guzamala, and 8;wards of Kukawa local government will have theirs elections in the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) camps.
The elections in 21 local government areas are unopposed, while that of Askira-uba, Chibok, MMC, Ngala, Kwaya Kusar, Mobbar and Jere were been challenged by opposition parties..Two professors were also fielded for the chairmanship elections in Damboa and Gwoza local government areas
“Let me remind the general public and the good people of Borno state particularly the electorates that the chairmanship, Vice chairman and councillorship elections for the 27 local Government Areas of the state and 312 wards will take place this Saturday November, 28th, 2920.”, The commission’s chairman stated.
Alh Usman further said the commission has also made adequate security arrangements through the collaborative efforts with security agencies for maintenance of law and order in the entire state particularly the 5012 pilling units of the state, before, during and after the elections, adding that a total of 38 chairmanship, vice chairmen candidates respectively and 316 councillorship candidates are to participate in the elections
While expressing the commissions Gratitude to Governor Babagana Zulum for approving necessary funds for the successful and effective elections, Alhaji Usman expressed their appreciations to the security agencies for providing necessary peaceful environment for the conduct of the elections.
He also assured that the BOSIEC is committed to conduct free, fair and credible polls to the people of Borno state.
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