By Umar Salam.
A frontline governorship aspirant in the forthcoming Kogi gubernatorial election, Professor Seidu Mohammed has criticized the Kogi State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for attempting to give Governor Yahaya Bello undue advantage over the other aspirants in the party.
Professor Mohammed, who declared his intention to contest on the platform of the APC, described the party as “recklessly unjust, undisguisedly biased and devoid of any shred of impartiality”, in reaction to the assertion of the state chapter of the party, which suggests the disqualification of some aspirants in the primary billed to hold in August.
In a statement issued in Abuja, yesterday, by his Director Of Communication, Moses Abdullahi, Prof. Seidu said, “It is common knowledge that the Kogi State chapter of the APC is an appendage of governor Bello’s office with its undisguised support as it pertains the upcoming governorship primary in our dear state. But the party stretched its luck too far on Wednesday when it called for our disqualification.”
On the indecision of the Kogi APC whether or not to use the direct or indirect mode for its primary election, he said direct primary was more democratic and preferred by the governorship aspirants, adding that “with or without the direct primary, we will defeat Yahaya Bello fair and square.”
He warned that reelecting Governor Bello would be disastrous for the state.
“It is a well-known fact that a Yahaya Bello’s second term would mean hunger, poverty, disease, continuing political weakness, falling standard of education and dwindling prospect of progress in all the critical sectors of Kogi State’s economy”, he said.