From Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Plateau State All Progressives Congress (APC) Governorship Forum has uncovered plans to impose a candidate, Nentawe Yilwada Goshen by Governor Simon Bako Lalong and a member representing Pankshin, Kanke and Kanam at the National Assembly Yusfu Adamu Gagdi as unacceptable to them.
The 18 out of 21 governorship aspirants of the party, led by the chairman of the Forum, Chief Amos Gizo, disclosed this while briefing newsmen in Jos, recently.
He said they belief that the act of subverting democracy has the express approval of the governor just to deny the people’s choice and foist an unpopular candidate that would cause misfortune to the party as their preferred candidate.
According to them, Goshen has just disengaged with INEC as Resident Electoral Commissioner and is yet to get his membership right with the APC and has not totally disengagement with INEC.
He said, since this matter has become open in the public domain, the governor has remained silent over it, “this means silence is consent,” he asserted.
The 18 aspirants urged the party leadership in the state to address immediately the use of the former adhoc delegates with amendment, which is totally objected by them and as major stakeholders of the governorship primary.
While insisting that an election must be held in all the 207 federal ward to come up with five delegates of which two must be women. The forum called on the state chairman not to key into act of derailment of their much labored efforts that by today the state party leadership should place list of returning officers for exercise of tomorrow where elected delegates would emerge.
He acknowledged that members of the legacy pressure group have the right to converse votes for their preferred aspirant but they do not have the right to usurp the powers of the party in the state or try acts capable of turning the party’s fortune to misfortune.
They all resolved that all of them should join the consensus candidate in his campaign, adding: “We shall contribute financially and otherwise to the success of APC in the state.”
Chief Gizo further explained that: “It shall put the state chapter into crisis and we the 18 aspirants have vowed and agreed to dump the party with our teeming supporters for any party of our choice.”