Noah Ebije, Kaduna.
Aspirants as well as electorate for the Kaduna State Senatorial elections of All Progressive Congress (APC) have been waiting endlessly for the National Working Committee (NWC) to arrive for the conduct of the Senatorial election, to no avail, on Tuesday.
Political thugs and vigilante group who seemed to have taken over police duty at the venue, never allowed anybody, including journalists to enter the sports hall of Murtala Mohammed Square, venue of the election.
As at the time of filing this report, which was about 1.30PM, the people were still waiting for NWC members to arrive to conduct the election that was scheduled for 8.AM.
A member of the Committee who did not give his name in print, told our Correspondent on phone that, “We are still waiting for the arrival of the Secretary of the Committee to arrive from Abuja before we know what to do”.
There are other Aspirants for the position, but all eyes are particularly on the incumbent Senator from Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, and the Special Adviser to governor Nasir El-rufai, on political matters, Uba Sani.
When our Correspondent visited the venue of the election, supporters of Shehu Sani and Uba Sani were heard saying, “The election has been concluded, we are waiting for the party to declare Comrade Shehu winner”, while the other supporters on the side of Uba Sani were saying, “We are for indirect primary election, so our man has won”.
Uba Sani had on several occasions vowed to unseat Shehu Sani, just as the incumbent Senator Sani left no stone unturned to retain his seat, including refusing to dump APC at the time most of his colleagues at the Senate dumped the party.
Before now, the State Executive Council of the APC adopted the indirect primaries for the election of candidates for the various offices in the forthcoming general elections.
The State chairman of the party, Emmanuel Jakada said the party decided to adopt the indirect primaries because it could not access the list of genuine party men and women from the national secretariat of the party.
But Senator Shehu Sani rejected the adoption of the indirect primaries mode, saying it will not serve the interest of the party in the state.
He said some members of the party were still in court over issues relating to the conduct of the last congress which needed to be resolved before an indirect primary could be considered.