All may not have been heard about the controversies trailing the conduct of the primaries of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bauchi State as all the aspirants for the state House of Assembly seats under the aegis of the Assembly Aspirants Forum, who lost in the recent party primaries have called on the national leadership of the party to either conduct fresh primary elections or refund to them their expression of interest and nomination fees as a matter of urgency.
Speaking with journalists recently in Bauchi, the spokesperson of the Forum, Aishatu Haruna alias ‘Gimbiya’ who contested for the Zungur/Galambi state constituency for the state Assembly lamented that: “No election was conducted in the state but the party had allegedly announced the names of its favourite aspirants as its flag bearers and submitted the list to INEC.”
The aggrieved politician added that: “They sold forms to us, screened and cleared us to run without telling us that we had any problems, but they didn’t provide a fair playing ground to all the aspirants during the primary elections. In fact, no election had taken place; they only nominated candidates for the party.
“We are therefore appealing to the national headquarters of the party and President Muhammadu Buhari to wade into the matter with a view to ensuring that justice is done to us. What we demand is that the elections should be cancelled or else, the party should refund to us all the monies we spent.”
The aspirants, who revealed that the state governor, Alhaji Muhammad Abdullahi Abubakar had, after the outcome of the primary elections, promised to meet with aggrieved aspirants decried that up to this moment, he did not redeem his pledge but sent one of his advisers to talk to them.
“Up to now, we were not told when the governor will sit with us. He should sit with all the aspirants concerned so that we can tell him our grievances. If we do not hear from him within the next few days, we will decide our next line of action,” she threatened.