A former House of Representatives member, representing Keffi, Karu, and Kokona Federal constituency, Ahmed Aliyu Wadada has stated the reason for his withdrawal from participation in APC primary election for Nasarawa West Senatorial District.
He stated this during a press conference held at Polo Ranch, along Keffi-Abuja expressway, Wednesday.
Ahmed Aliyu Wadada, who was among the three aspirants contesting to represent Nasarawa West senatorial district at the National Assembly Abuja but two days to the election, he tendered his withdrawal letter to the Nasarawa state Chairman of APC John Mamman through his Lawyer, Garba Tetengi, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN.
The two other Aspirants that remained in the contest are Barrister Shuaibu Labaran Magaji and Architect Shehu Tukur who are still waiting for the rescheduled primary election which is expected to take place soon.
He said that the official list of delegates meant for the conduct of the ongoing party’s primary for Nasarawa West Senatorial contest preparatory to the forthcoming 2023 General Elections was arrived at in strict compliance with the provision of the party’s constitution but wondered why some elements decided to tempered with, stressing that he cannot go into the contest with faceless delegates who he cannot identify.
Wadada said despite his withdrawal from the contest, the governing party is yet to pick its candidate for the senatorial race due to controversy over the alleged alteration of the original list of delegates, according to him, posed danger to the party ahead of the general election, saying that as a law-abiding citizen, he cannot partake in an act of illegality that will dent his future.
According to him, the state chapter of the party preparatory to the commencement of the primaries called the chairmen of various local government areas of the state and handed over the monitored, authenticated, legal and legitimate list of delegates just for them to wake up the next morning, that was the day the primaries for the Governorship and state assembly were to commence, another list was sent from the headquarters of the party which is against the electoral guidelines.
Alleging that the list sent by the headquarters was neither monitored by INEC nor were stakeholders or caucus of the state APC consulted but the list came up because some people somewhere were scared and intimidated to the level of taking laws into their hands, thereby creating illegality in the process of the election, calling on the authority concerned to take proactive measures to address the matter.