By MBACHU GODWIN NNANNA, Abuja
Ahead of the 2019 general election, the Senator representing Kaduna North Senatorial District in the National Assembly , Sen Suleman Hunkuyi has warned against the idea of automatic ticket been mooted by his party , the All Progressive Congress (APC) , urging the leadership of the party to discard the idea.
He argued that any imposition of candidates on the electorate will not afford the electorates the opportunity of choosing their leaders .
Hunkuyi who is the chairman , senate committee on National identity and population was responding to a question on the statement credited to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun who stated that automatic ticket will be given to certain elective public office holders, including President Muhammad Buhari in 2019.
Hunkuyi, who expressed his gratitude to God and Nigerians for ushering APC into power in 2015, however, warned against anti-democratic forces whom he said are at work to derail Nigeria’s democracy.
The lawmaker stated that , issuance of automatic ticket to politicians going for another term in office, as well as imposition of candidates and other anti-democratic practices were responsible for the downfall of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
Hunkuyi pointed out that if Buhari won the APC primary election in 2014 when he was not in the office as president, he sees no difficulty for him in contesting and winning the APC primary election now that he is the President of Nigeria and leader of APC.
He said in order to avoid the mistakes of PDP and in compliance with APC constitution, the issue of automatic ticket and imposition of candidates should not be entertained.
On the legislative arm, he said despite some obvious challenges, the lawmakers were able to pass several bills in the 8th National Assembly.
He particularly mentioned Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) which was passed into law recently. The PIB was initiated in the 4th National Assembly in 1999 but was only passed into law last month by the 8th National Assembly.
Responding to question on free medical programme he flagged up recently in Zaria, Hunkuyi said the electorate that voted them into power deserve the best from them.
“So I will be willing to render any service within my power unto them,” Hunkuyi said.