APC Governors Are Not Afraid of Direct Primaries – Gov. Bello

Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello has said that he is not afraid of direct primaries as passed in the Electoral Acts by the National Assembly, saying anyone who is popular should go to the field.

Alhaji Yahaya also stated that Governors under the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC) are also not afraid of direct primaries as insinuated in some quarters.

The Governor stated this while speaking on Channels Television Programme “Politics Today” monitored by our Reporter.

He explained that Lawmakers are are championing the course of direct primaries are those who have issues with their respective State Governors, saying his administration is in good terms with Federal Lawmakers from Kogi State.

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According to him, the Congresses that brought in all the executives from the ward, Local Government and State levels were peaceful, credible and rancor free, and were conducted in line with the APC Constitution.

The Kogi State Governor noted that he wondered how the Senators who lost out in producing executives at the various levels in a largely direct process think it will be otherwise during the primaries.

Speaking on the implications of Direct Primaries in the Nation’s Electoral System, the Governor said, “in Nigeria today, there are over 30 political parties, and by implication when talking about direct primaries, it means INEC will conduct 30 elections across Nigeria.”


He cautioned some of the aggrieved Senators with what he called local grievances not to nationalize it as APC is one strong and united party.

On his aspiration, Governor Bello said, the enormous calls by Nigerians for him to contest the presidential elections has gathered momentum as already, the people of Kogi State have asked him to heed to the calls by Nigerians across the country to join the race which he will decide in the coming months.

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