APC Primaries: Gov Sani-Bello calls for calm •Distances self from automatic ticket for National Assembly members

Posted by News Express | 2 October 2018 | 955 times

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•Niger Governor, Sani-Bello

Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello, has enjoined contestants, their supporters and stakeholders in the recently concluded All Progressives Congress (APC) primaries in the state to remain calm and peaceful.

Governor Sani-Bello in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Malam Jibrin Baba Ndace, assured all stakeholders of peaceful resolution of the outcome of the primaries elections in the state.

The Governor noted that the adoption of direct primaries system in the state was aimed at providing level playing field for all aspirants, creating opportunities for participation by party members, giving sense of belonging, deepening democracy and instituting a free and fair process.

“He said: When we adopted direct primaries out of the three options in line with the party's constitution, we were very sure and clear about its benefits to the overall democratic process. This was to enable the people choose candidates of their choice in an open, free and fair manner.”

The Governor revealed that they are working with the National Working Committee of the party and other stakeholder to ensure that amicable resolution is  reached for the benefit of all.

“We are doing everything possible alongside the national body of the party to ensure that all members are being carried along and all grievances are resolved amicably,” he said.

The Governor distanced himself from automatic ticket for serving members of the National Assembly. He maintained that in resolving all issues he will work closely with the party to ensure that the choice of the people prevails.

“I therefore call on our people to remain calm and peaceful as we will ensure that due process is followed, we will ensure that all issues are settled amicably,” he said.

Sani-Bello stated that the party in the state remains committed to the party ideals, which explained why it was the first state to allow direct primaries.

“We have not derailed from this provision of the party. We remain committed and we urge all party loyalists to remain faithful as the issues are been resolved in the overall interest of the party,” he said.

The Governor called on the APC members to await the party’s final decision on the issues and not take law into their hands.

The Governor called on the people of the state to remain law abiding, urging security agencies to maintain law and order. He warned that government would not tolerate any act capable of disrupting the peace of the state.

He also called on security agencies to take appropriate steps to deal with individuals or group of persons with any intention of breaching the peace of the state.

Source: News Express

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