Kogi primaries was free, fair – Monitoring group

The All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primaries conducted on Thursday was free, fair and credible, according to the party’s adhoc group based in Kano.

The group – Next Level Ambassadors of Northern Nigeriathe – said the exercise and the victory of the incumbent Governor Yahaya, clearly demonstrated the outworking of APC’s stable internal democracy.

The group it monitored the conducted of the Kogi state APC gubernatorial primaries with delight adding that the transparent manner it was conducted and the emergence Governor Bello represent great success for the Next Level.

According to a statement in the group’s report released in Kano Sunday, the primaries was indeed fair and free.

The report signed by the group’s Secretary-General, Comrade Adamu Kabir Matazu, the group said it had observed that the primaries were conducted without bias and immorality common in the other parties.

It said anti-democratic practices that usually characterised elections’ processes were absent, adding there was no incidence of violence, vote-buying and other vices.

“As a monitoring team, we wish to boldly state here that the Kogi State APC gubernatorial primary election is adjudged by the Next Level Ambassadors and other stakeholders that have participated and observed the processes to be one of the best in recent times.

“It is without doubt a model for other political parties to emulate in order to strengthen and consolidate our democratic experiment,” the report stated.

The report further revealed that the chairman of the Electoral Panel, the executive governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Muhammad Badaru Abubakar, has conducted the election processes in accordance with the party’s provisions.

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