Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani-Bello on Friday led members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state to cast their vote and affirm President Muhammadu Buhari as the party’s standard bearer at the 2019 presidential elrction.
The Governor and other 214 members of the party at Kontagora Central Ward, Kontagora Local Government area of the state unanimously affirmed their endorsement of the President as the candidate of the party.
Governor Sani-Bello while speaking to newsmen after the exercise noted that the party had only one aspirant who is also the sitting President but maintained that law still required that party members must affirm the sole candidate of the party.
“Though we have only one aspirant for the post of the President, who is incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari but we still have to come to the ward to affirm him, party members came out with their membership cards, went through the lay down process and affirmed President Muhammadu Buhari as our candidate for the 2019 general elections”.
According to him, “the most important thing worthy of note is the mode of primaries which we chose in the state. We adopted direct primaries and this is what we just did today and I am happy the process was well organized and peaceful”.
He then appealed to party members to participate in the subsequent primaries elections to enable them choose the candidates of their choice and has called on aspirants to imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship and accept the final results in the primaries.
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Earlier, the Chairman, Central Ward, Alh. Lawal Abdullahi who conducted the election disclosed that out of the 579 membership cards received, 305 were accredited.
At the time of counting, 214 members affirmed their endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari as the party’s Presidential candidate.