APC: Five Adamawa South senatorial aspirants reject outcome of primary

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Five of six aspirants for the Adamawa South senatorial ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have rejected the outcome of the primary.

The only aspirant without complaint is the one declared winner of the primary which was held on Sunday.

The aggrieved aspirants: Senator Grace Bent, Senator Abubakar Mo’Allahyidi, Bridget Zidon, Silas Sanga, and Sani Jada alleged at a press briefing in Yola on Monday evening that the primary was marred by irregularities.

Silas Sanga, who addressed the media while flanked by the other four, said vote-buying characterised the exercise, and that it was obvious the man who was eventually declared winner, Adamu Ismail Numan, perpetuated vote-buying.

He alleged that on Saturday when the primary first got underway, an agent of Adamu Numan engaged in issuing promissory notes to delegates.

According to Silas Sanga, the said agent of Adamu Numan was accosted and several promissory notes were found on him, and after he and his co-aspirants complained, the primary election was postponed.

He said that he and his colleagues left for Yola after the postponement but that they were surprised when it was said on Sunday that the postponed election was held at noon that Sunday even after they complained that it was too soon after the postponement for them to re-assemble their supporters.

The five aggrieved aspirants said they would exhaust all legal avenues available to them to get redress against the outcome of the Adamawa South Senatorial primary.

Reacting to the allegations later, Adamu Numan told newsmen that the aspirants complaining against the conduct of the primary caused the commotion that led to its postponement on Saturday by complaining of vote-buying after delegates who could not write were assisted to vote for him.

“After the first, second, third and fourth delegates were assisted to vote for me because they could not write their names, the other aspirants said it amounted to vote buying,” Adamu Numan said.

He added that the rescheduling of the primary was duly communicated to the aspirants and they had no reason to complain that the primary was conducted without them.

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