Barring urgent intervention by the party’s leadership, a mass defection is threatening the Kogi State chapter of the All Progressives Congress [APC] following the disqualification of 12 major governorship aspirants in the state on Monday.
ElombahNews gathered that the aggrieved aspirants screened out by the party screening committee might defect from the ruling party.
The screening committee was chaired by Senator Hope Uzodinma.
This medium reported on Monday that APC disqualified twelve serious contenders, including Babatunde Irukera, Mohammed Audu and Vice Admiral Usman Jibrin (retd.), as well as nine others, ahead of the Kogi State governorship primary election coming up on Thursday.
Other persons disqualified include another sons of late Abubakar Audu—Mustapha Audu, Prof. Seidu Ogah, Yakubu Mohammed, Hadjia Rukayat Ibrahim and Hadiza Ibrahim, Yahaya Audu, former President Nigeria Football Federation—Sani Lulu, Danlami Mohammed, Gen Patrick Akpa and Prof. Mohammed Onaili.
The report further showed that APC cleared incumbent governor, Yahaya Bello, Abubakar Bashir, Ekele Aishat Blessing and Hassan Abdullahi.
Meanwhile, each of the disqualified aspirant purchased the party’s nomination and expression of interest forms at N22.5m each for men and N11.25m for women.
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Reacting to the disqualification saga, the National chairman of the Action Democratic Party [ADP], Engineer Yabagi Yusuf Sani hinted on Tuesday that his party might welcome some of the aggrieved members.
Sani, during a news briefing on Tuesday, disclosed that some of the aspirants on the APC platform in Kogi and Bayelsa states have opened discussion with his party.
The APC governorship primary to pick its standard-bearer ahead of the November election is scheduled for Thursday in Lokoja, the state capital.
However, ElombahNews was informed by a source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, that the party might review the disqualification later today.
He also informed that some of those disqualified have threatened the party with court action.