Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello has restated his stand on direct primaries in the forthcoming primary elections, insisting that the decision was taken in the best interest of all stakeholders and for the growth and development of the All Progressive Congress, APC in Niger state.
The Governor , in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mallam Jibrin Baba Ndace, stated that adoption of direct primaries in the state was in line APC guide lines and in tune with desire of party members.
“APC guidelines allows for direct, indirect or consensus in primaries elections. However, in the State Executive Council, SEC of the party, we resolved to adopt direct primaries for all electives offices.This collective decision was to ensure fairness, level playing ground and giving all party members sense of belonging. ”Sani-Bello stated.
The Governor who said he remained committed to SEC resolution on direct primaries, also distance himself from anointing of any candidate in the forthcoming primary elections.
Alh Sani-Bello said “ I have consistently made my stand known on the forthcoming primary elections and indeed, the general elections in 2019- that I have no anointed candidate for any elective office. My position has not changed. I believe that Power belongs to Almighty Allah and he gives it to whoever he wills at any time. “
The Governor urged all party members, aspirants and other stakeholders to take advantage of the direct primaries to grow the party and deepen democracy in the state.