Billy Graham Abel Yola
Governor Muhammed Umaru Jibrilla of Adamawa State has called on the party faithful in the state to remain calm over the contentious rescheduling of both the date for the primaries and the mode of primaries from indirect to direct primaries.
Speaking on the development, Governor Jibrilla said, “I urge you all to remain calm and be peaceful, there is nothing beyond God.
“The national body of our party has announced a change of date for the primaries, so, I appeal to you to return to your homes and we will Assembly here on Thursday, for the primaries.”
Spokesperson of the lower chamber of the National Assembly, Abdulrazak Namdas, speaking on the situation, contended that stakeholders of the party would be traveling to Abuja to meet with the national executives of the party to find out what is going on.
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“We are loyal and law abiding party members and we cannot keep hearing policy issues on phone conversations.
“The NWC has approved indirect primaries and set up a committee for the primaries after suspending the state working committee of the party and we are not averse to these decisions.
“We are ready for direct primaries but we need to verify some of these information as to where everyone stands and who should be is affected by this decision and whether they are appointing a new committee for the Thursday congresses.
It could be recalled that Mahmood Halilu, one of the aspirants, had petitioned the national Secretariat of the party over some irregularities in the process of the primary.
Halilu submitted that, “Delegates tags for primaries was printed by the state government and the delegates list was not made available for scrutiny and confirmation as at 8:00p.m Sunday night.”
The aspirant also allayed fears over security concerns on the venue of the primaries.