A governorship aspirant in Adamawa state under the platform of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Mahmood Ahmed, has appealed to the leadership of the party to nullify the election which saw Governor Jibrilla Bindow emerging winner.
Ahmed made this call in a petition to the APC Governorship and National Assembly Appeals Committee.
GREENNEWSNG.COM learnt that the Ahmed who is a brother to the Wife of the President, Aisha Buhari wants the committee to nullify the exercise conducted on October 5 because stipulated party guidelines for the conduct of the exercise were flouted.
The petitioner, also prayed the committee to disqualify Bindow, whom he described as the “purported winner” of the governorship primary from participating in the next exercise either directly or through proxies, citing the governor’s involvement in the malpractices which marred the exercise.
“In the light of the above submission, I most sincerely urge this Honourable Committee to recommend to the NWC to nullify the 5th October, 2018 exercise, having violated the stipulated guidelines of our party.
“The whole exercise violated the guidelines and should be cancelled in the interest of justice, internal democracy and the progress of the APC.”
He prayed the panel to “disqualify the purported winner of the gubernatorial primary, Governor Umar Jibrilla Bindow for his direct and indirect participation in the electoral malpractices and the evidence of disloyalty “declare my humble self as the true and loyal governorship candidate of the party for Adamawa State.”
A copy of the petition which he personally signed, was made available to newsmen, the aspirant urged the committee to declare him as the “true and loyal governorship candidate of the party” in the state.
Ahmed call for cancellation of Adamawa state primaries of the APC is coming on the heels of similar calls from Taraba, Borno, Anambra amongst others.
“We are aware that an appeal panel has been constituted to look into all petitions and appeals arising from the gubernatorial primaries across the country. We await the decision of the NWC and the appeal panel to take the appropriate steps to salvage this aberration so that it does not lead to break down of the fragile law and order we are currently enjoy in the state.
“The National Working Committee has resolved that the primaries in Taraba State are at best, fraudulent. I also believe that that of Borno would similarly be declared fraudulent by the grace of God, and the party will take the right decision in fielding the right candidate.
“Here in Borno State, there were no primaries; what happened was indeed a travesty of justice.
“I will also like to refresh our minds about the irregularities that occurred during the governorship primary election; they include unlawful use of state resources to induce delegates.
“The state governor approved the release and cashing of one month local government statutory allocation for each of the 27 local government councils without the statutory deductions.
“The sum of two hundred thousand naira (N200, 000) was given to each delegate under oath as inducement to influence them to vote for the governor’s preferred candidate. We have also appealed to the anti – corruption agencies to investigate the massive withdrawal on the eve of the election,” said a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress and governorship aspirant in Borno State, Kashim Imam.