“The numbers of delegates across local government areas in the state were doctored or completely changed. We consider this undemocratic.”
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended the House of Assembly primaries in Nasarawa over alleged tampering with the authentic list of delegates allegedly by the national secretariat.
John Mamman, Nasarawa APC chairman, in a press conference on Friday in Lafia, said the party was sad after discovering that the authentic list of delegates sent to the national secretariat for the APC primaries had been tampered with.
Mr Mamman said following the development, the national secretariat directed the primary committee to stop the parliamentary primaries in Nasarawa.
The APC chairman in Nasarawa added that the party would not tolerate the unwarranted distortion of the official delegates’ list sent to the national secretariat.
He also warned that the party would not accept any list outside the authentic list of delegates.
Mr Mamman enjoined the national secretariat, in the interest of peace, unity, harmony and the progress of the party, to ensure that wishes of the law-abiding party members are respected.
“The numbers of delegates across local government areas in the state were doctored or completely changed. We consider this undemocratic, and this is capable of breeding disaffection, tension and disunity in the party,” said Mr Mamman. “The APC in Nasarawa should not be made to lose its status and prestige as a model.”
Mr Mamman called on relevant party organs, members and supporters to remain calm, noting that necessary steps are being taken towards addressing the matter.
He, however, commended the national secretariat, under the leadership of Abdullahi Adamu, for setting machinery in motion for the conduct of primaries across the country.