2019: Sokoto APC members warn leadership against party ticket favoritism


A spokesman said partymen were concerned about unfolding intrigues over alleged plans to award the party’s governorship ticket based on ‘favoritism’.

Tunde Omolehin, Sokoto

A cross section of APC members in Sokoto State have warned the party leadership not to play favorites over who eventually wins the party ticket among the competing aspirants for governor.

They also urged the state party leadership to ensure it presents a formidable candidate as the flag bearer ahead of the governorship election in 2019.

Daily Sun reports that two aspirants have so far declared their intentions to vie for the party ticket. They include a two-term former commissioner of finance and local government, and the incumbent Deputy Governor, Ahmad Aliyu.

Speaking with journalists in Sokoto on Thursday, a spokesman for the members, Musa Abdullahi (APC, Sokoto North LGA), said partymen were concerned about unfolding intrigues over alleged plans to award the party’s governorship ticket based on ‘favoritism’.

He noted such a development could cause disunity and thereafter affect the party’s success if the party declines to present Hon. Faruk Malami Yabo as its flag bearer in the forthcoming governorship elections.

“We need to tell our party leaders the truth that any attempt to impose another candidate [apart] from the person of Hon. Faruk Malami Yabo to us will be resisted, and that may affect the party’s chance in [the] 2019 general elections.”

Another party member from Bodinga LGA said, based on their assessment, Hon. Faruk Malami Yabo remains a widely preferred candidate to most party members and the general electorates ahead of the state state.

He feared that the alleged plan of the party leadership, if allowed to manifest, may cause voters to be indecisive over who to vote for at the coming election.

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