From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa has called on National Chairman of the party, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu to investigate the alleged substitution of candidates that emerged from primary elections held by the party.
The Secretary of APC in the state, Mr Aliyu Bello made the call on Tuesday during a meeting with APC zonal working committee of North-Central zone, led by the National Vice Chairman, Mu’azu Bawa Rijau, held at the Aliyu Akwe Doma Banquet Hall, Government House, Lafia.
Bello, who frowned at situations an aspirant would lose at the primaries, but will use some persons at the National Secretariat to include his/her name on the list of those who won the election, called on the party to investigate the matter for the benefit of party members.
He alleged that the names of some candidates who won elections from Nasarawa State were changed at the national secretariat and replaced with those who lost at the primaries.
“I am very sure that the National Chairman of our great party is not aware of it, but some persons at the National Secretariat were doing it with an ulterior motive.
“The National Chairman should set up machinery to investigate what has happened, in order to increase the fortune of the party in the next election,” he said.
He, however, advised those who lost at primaries of the party to accept the outcome of the election in good faith and work for the success of the party, come 2023.
Others, who spoke during the meeting all called on the party to reconcile all aggrieved members, in order to win election during the forthcoming general elections.
Responding, the Vice Chairman of the zone, Rijau said the national leadership of the party was working out modalities towards the reconciliation of aggrieved member before the forthcoming general elections.
“We came all the way from the national headquarters as a zone which is North-Central to interface and interact with the party men and women, to know where we are and where we are going.
“Whatever is discussed today, if there are disputes, we will resolve it. All our differences will be resolved before the 2023 general elections.
“Nasarawa is an APC State and will continue to maintain our lead here in the state,” he said.
On his part, the Chairman of the party in the State, Dr John Mamman, expressed optimism that the outcome of the meeting will reunite aggrieved members of the party to ensure its victory, come 2023.
“If you have the interest of the party at heart, even though you lose election, you will remain in the party,” he said.
The Voice reports that the meeting was attended by the state working committee members of APC, local government areas officials of the party, as well as assembly members, council chairmen among others.