Five southern senatorial zone aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC), have rejected the outcome of the party primaries saying no such election took place.
They also alleged that the process was marred by massive irregularities including votes buying.
The aspirants include; Sen Grace Jackson Bent, Sen. Abubakar Mo’Allahyidi, Bridget Zidon, Silas Bala Sanga and Sani Jada.
Speaking on the development at a press conference in Yola on Monday, Silas Bala Sanga, one of the aggrieved aspirants said they deemed it fit to address the press conference in order to tell the world what transpired during the controversial primaries.
Sanga said it is a crime and constitutional abberation contrary to section five of the constitution for anyone to engage in vote buying while election is ongoing.
He noted that on 28 Saturday, 2022 primary election in the Senatorial zone was organized but few minutes after it started, an agent of one of the aspirants Adamu Ismail Numan engaged in votes buying by issuing promissory notes to delegates.
He noted that the said agent was accosted and several multiple promissory notes were found on him and the electoral committee was duly alerted resulting in the postponement of the exercise.
Sanga noted that aggrieved by the postponement of the primaries, thugs and miscreants symphatetic to Numan launched an unslaugh against the five aspirants leading to the vandalization of their cars just as they escape by the hairs breadth.
He said as a result of the postponement and the fracas, they along with their supporters came to Yola in the middle of the night of Sunday morning but surprisingly, they got another message in the morning of Sunday announcing the conduct of another primaries by 12:00pm same day.
Sanga said despite their persistent complaints about the impossibility of recalling their supporters back to the venue due to logistic challenges considering the vastness of the senatorial zone, the electoral committee still went ahead to conduct the primaries without their delegates in attendance.
He noted that as a result, the committee decided to unilaterally allocate votes to participants hence the rejection of the results and the press conference.
Sanga noted that they will exhaust all the legal processes provided in APC constitution for redress.
I don’t know what is called vote buying – Numan
But reacting to the allegation, the winner of the primaries, Adamu Ismaila Numan said the accusations by the five aspirants remained a pigment of their imagination as he does not know what is called vote buying.
He said, the election was conducted according to local governments starting with Toungo local government adding that there was an agreement between all the aspirants that any delegate who cannot write should be assisted by an agent.
“So after the first, second, third and fourth delegates were assisted to vote for me because they cannot write their names, the other aspirants raised an alarm saying that amounted to vote buying.
“All the delegates are adults and they should have raised the alarm themselves has anyone done anything against their wishes.
“Since nobody was caught with any evidence then the outcries of the five aspirants have lost substance,” he said.
Numan noted that the aggrieved aspirants ab initio do not intend going into the election as such they found expedient to make flimsy excuses knowing fully well they will lose out and that is what actually happened after the election was conducted.
He said the rescheduled primaries was duly communicated to all the aspirants saying that they have no grounds to complain that they were not communicated.