Lola Seriki- Idahosa, Kaduna, North-Nigeria …Following the All Progressives Congress (APC), primary elections conducted for various positions in Kaduna State, the state Governor Malam Nasir el-Rufai, his political aide, Uba Sani and others for both National and state Assemblies on Monday received their results sheet from the Electoral Committee.
Speaking at the ceremony, Hon. Matthew Idouoriyekemwen, Chairman of the Electoral Committee, who said they have been in the state since on 30th September and completed the primaries on 7th of October, charge the people to support the party to consolidate on what they are already doing.
According to him, “what we are doing is to formally announce to the people of Kaduna state that the party now has candidates for the elections, and is time for our party members to go back to their various constituencies and tell them about all the beautiful things the state stands to gain when our party is eventually reelected.
“This is APC state, and it is our firm belief that Kaduna state will benefit more when they consolidate on the gains that is achieved already instead of looking for new hands. I believe for what I saw, all the candidates and all the aspirants are all well qualify to represent this state.
“But as it is with all contest, when opportunities and vacancies are few, only the best and most acceptable to the people are selected to represent. We trust strongly that the people has made the right judgment.
“For my personal observation, I can say that the primary elections in Kaduna state are the most transparent among primary elections I have seen for a very long time, devoid of all forms of rancor, fighting, no incidence of anybody loosing his life, or having injuries.”
He thanked them for maintaining the peace in the state, adding that it is only in an atmosphere of peace you can see development.
On his part, Uba Sani, who won the Kaduna Central Senatorial primary, he believes in democracy and that anyone ready to contest in an election must go through its process.
Uba, said some of the information flying in the media that the incumbent Senator Shehu Sani is a sole candidate for the party in the zone is a mere rumor and speculations, adding, “as am talking to you, my name will get to INEC, hopeful by tomorrow according to the committee, so any other thing is a speculation.
“We people who believes in democracy, some of us fought for the coming of democracy in Nigeria, we believe in election, we believe in democratic contest, we believe in the values of democracy and we believe that if you want to contest election, you must go through the process.
“And the process means, asking the delegates and the members of the party to elect you, that is what we know and we are proud to say that even the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari is a product of election. That is why we want to believe his ideal and want to borrow those ideals and went to contest.”
Governor el-Rufai was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, (SSG), Alhaji Lawal Balarabe, who commended the committee for their patience and endurance, despite several postponements.