Barely 24 hours after its fresh primaries, many leaders of the opposition APC in the state have expressed dismay at the exercise, stressing that it was illegal. Supporters of one of the Governorship aspirants, Senator Yusuf A Yusuf, for instance, said it was embarrassing to allot numbers to their principal since he did not participate in the re run held at a hotel in Jalingo.
They noted that the action showed that the fresh primaries was pre arranged and designed to cause confusion in the party.
Five aspirants, including Senator Yusuf had earlier said at a Press Conference that they would not participate in the event. They said they were boycotting because of the Supreme Court Judgement that did not accommodate a fresh primaries.
Surprisingly, some of them were still allocated some votes in the exercise that has further deepened divisions within the party.
Reacting to the development, some APC leaders said they may consider legal action against the Independent National Electoral Commission for its disobedience of court orders. They accused the electoral umpire of colluding with Senator Emmanuel Bwacha to emerge as the sole winner in a purpoted primaries.
Speaking on the development, one of the party stalwarts, Alhaji Dattijo Falau, said there was an attempt to ridicule the party. He said the exercise did not solve any problem but have created new ones. He said, “the Bwacha camp did not wait for us to solve the problems on ground but rushed to hold a social gathering. There action have further torn the party apart.”
Falau said he sensed mass defection hitting the party as many are disenchanted with what the Bwacha camp has been doing.