2019: WHY WE ADOPTED DIRECT PRIMARIES IN NIGER STATE – GOV BELLO
Jibrin Baba-Ndace in Minna
Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani-Bello has stated that the adoption of direct primaries in the state was in line with the decision taken at the national level to elect candidates ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The governor stated this at the Government House, Minna, the state capital when he received stakeholders from Shiroro and Magama Local Government Areas of the state.
Governor Sani-Bello who said that the adoption of direct primaries by the Niger State chapter of the APC was in line with the national body in order to produce credible candidates as the the 2019 general elections approaches also said ” it had to go with the people’s choice as large percentage of stakeholders in the state wanted direct primary election”.
According to him, “direct primaries will enable all aspirants test their popularity and eliminate any suspicious foul play.” Adding that “all aspirants will go through direct primaries in order to avoid disagreements to ensure transparency and unity in the party.”
It will be recalled that Governor Abubakar Sani Bello attended the APC State Executive Council (SEC) meeting in Minna, the state capital in which it was agreed to adopt primaries for all the elective offices in the state.
Earlier, All Progressive Congress (APC) Local Government Chairmen of Shiroro and Magama Local Government Areas disclosed that the aim of their visit was to show their solidarity and support for the Governor in the forth coming 2019 election.
The Local Government party Chairmen then commended the efforts and contributions of the Governor towards the development of both local government areas and commended him for adopting direct primaries in the forthcoming APC primary elections.