By Bashir Bello
KATSINA—President Muhammadu Buhari’s son-in-law, Malam Abubakar Isma’ila Isa, has headed to court docket to problem the end result of the just concluded All Progressives Congress, APC, birthday party primaries in Katsina State that noticed Governor Aminu Masari clinching the go back ticket of the birthday party within the state.
Isa’s rejection of the primaries consequence got here as Masari’s title have been forwarded by way of the birthday party to Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as its governorship candidate within the race.
Isa, in a petition filed to the Appeal Committee of the birthday party in Abuja to check in his complaint, faulted the adoption of oblique primaries, which ended in the emergence of Masari.
The petition learn: “As stakeholders within the election, we needs to be consulted in no matter choice that can be arrived at, however we have been neither consulted nor knowledgeable at the choice to move in for oblique primaries.
“Consequently, no notice to that effect was served on us. Therefore, our delegates and agents could not trace the venue for accreditation and election.”
Referring to the election panel headed by way of Dr Isa Adamu, he stated: “You and your committee arrived in Katsina within the evening of September 29, 2018, in a chartered flight allegedly supplied by way of the state governor, you went immediately into Government House, met with the governor who is without doubt one of the aspirants and contributors of his government.
‘’You didn’t invite us to the standard stakeholders assembly and didn’t meet us till the next day to come, September 30 by way of 12.30pm. At the assembly, you knowledgeable us that you’ve got completed screening of delegates and we’re to start out vote casting.”
Isa had previous issued a observation before the governorship primaries within the state, pronouncing: “We wholeheartedly align ourselves with the placement of President Muhammadu Buhari in deepening and entrenching interior democracy in our birthday party by way of brazenly supporting direct primaries as a method of electing those that will elevate the birthday party’s flag within the coming near near normal elections.
“However, we’re unhappy to record that the nationwide secretariat of our birthday party closed its eyes to the inherent risks in carrying out oblique primaries in Katsina State.
“This development, if no longer checked, will throw the birthday party into chaos and might additional factionalize the birthday party and have an effect on its fortunes within the coming near near normal elections in 2019.
“We have lost self assurance within the skill of the executives of the birthday party within the state and the state government to behavior loose, honest and clear primaries.
“We are solidly in the back of the President and the National Working Committee, NWC, in supporting direct primaries to make a choice applicants who will elevate the birthday party’s flag within the 2019 elections, extra in order direct primaries remain probably the most clear and credible technique of deciding on common and applicable applicants for the birthday party.
“The so-called government contributors of the birthday party in any respect ranges in Katsina State have been illegally elected in a phantom congress of the birthday party and, subsequently, ineligible to take choices on behalf of the birthday party and its contributors and we call on all the ones involved to intrude and save the birthday party from the traders of manipulation and disunity.
“There used to be by no means a stakeholders’ assembly of the birthday party the place it used to be agreed that the birthday party in Katsina State must move opposite to the well-known perspectives of our pricey President who’s an recommend of direct primaries for the birthday party and that we dangle the view that as a mark of admire for our President, we can by no means disgrace him by way of going opposite to his perspectives.
“It is pertinent to notice that at the moment, there aren’t lower than seven fits pending before the more than a few prime courts difficult the illegality of the current set of executives on the wards, LGA’s and state stage of the birthday party in Katsina.
“These fits are difficult the constitutional legitimacy of the current exco who represent the delegates for oblique election on the primaries. These fits are nonetheless pending before High Courts, Federal High Court and the Court of Appeal.
“We are by this drawing your attention to these breaches of the guidelines and the APC constitution and urging you to take immediate steps to rectify them before it is too late.”
Meanwhile, the electoral committee from the birthday party’s nationwide headquarters, headed by way of Dr. Isah Adamu, had declared Masari winner after polling 5,562 votes against the duo of Abubakar Samaila Isa, eight votes, and Garba Sani Dankani with one vote
Masari’s emergence didn’t contravene birthday party regulations —Aide, APC
Meanwhile, Senior Special Assistant to Katsina State governor, Aminu Masari, on Media, Abdu Labaran Malumfashi, reacting to the patition stated the emergence of the governor as gubernatorial candidate didn’t contravene birthday party regulations and the Nigerian charter.
He stated: “The charter of the APC supplied for 3 choices— direct, oblique and consensus primaries way.
“A state can undertake any of the 3. And Katsina followed oblique, the birthday party didn’t question or say the rest used to be fallacious with that.
“By adopting the indirect primaries, the Katsina APC did not contravene any law, either electoral or Nigerian constitution or the party’s constitution.”
Contacted, APC Public Relations Officer, Abubakar Gambo Danmusa, stated the adoption of oblique primaries used to be the prerogative of the birthday party, exco and stakeholders within the state.