Serving Senator representing Kaduna central senatorial district, Shehu Sani and Senator Sani Saleh who was also at the National Assembly (NASS) from 2011-2015 and some other chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State has kicked against the position of the state executives of their party to adopt the indirect primaries for Kaduna State.
It would be recalled that the National Executive Committee of the ruling APC has ordered for direct primaries but some states has opted for the indirect mode of conducting their primaries which some stakeholders feel is not in the best interest of the masses.
Senator Sani who has been at logger heads with the state leadership was accompanied by other aspirants including Senator Sani Saleh to the Secretariat of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Kaduna Council said, the state cannot adopt “cash and carry” primary that will deny electorates desired representatives as witnessed in the party’s Congresses in the state.
The Kaduna State Executive Committee (SEC) had in a statement signed by party’s chairman in the state, Air Commodore Emmanuel K. Jekada, adopted “Indirect Primary” as the mode of conduct of the party primary in the state giving absence of a comprehensive register of party members as major reason among other challenges.
But Senator Sanu said, “If both Senator Saleh and I who are aspiring for the same position in the same zone said this is the kind of primary we want to be conducted, why should any person decide for us?
“There are three issues to be considered: first, there is litigations as regards to legitimacy of the existing executives and delegates in the state. Secondly, we were excluded from participating in the congresses. Thirdly, indirect primary is simply about fear of the people.”