Taraba governorship trio boycotts primaries

ABUJA: THREE Taraba State governorship aspirants of the All Progressive Congress (APC) have boycotted the party’s primary elections over alleged irregularities that have characterised the run up to the exercise.

Dr Mohammed Julde Suleiman, Alhaji Mohammed Ibrahim Tumba and Yusuf Akirikwen, confirmed their withdrawal protesting the exercise had been undemocratic.

“We are jointly dissatisfied with the process of the primaries so far,” the politicians said in a joint press conference which took place at the Jolly Nyame Stadium, the venue of the elections.

The aggrieved aspirants said they were dissatisfied with some processes, expressing sadness they were unaware of the arrival of the election panels in the state.

They also alleged that one of the aspirants ‘hijacked” the election panel. The trio described the development as “unacceptable in any democratic setting.”

The aspirants stressed that they were dully cleared and certified to contest in the party gubernatorial primaries but felt sad that the state chapter of the party failed to provide a level play ground for all the contestants.

Speaking on their behalf, Akirikwen said, “We asked that the list of delegate accredited by the party for the exercise of electing a sole candidate from all the aspirants.”

However, party chairman, Alhaji Hassan Jika Ardo, said it was not mandatory for the party to made public the presence of the panel. He expressed concern that all the aspirants complaining did not deem it fit to visit the party’s secretariat a day before the party’s primaries.