Written by Ateed YUSUF

Violence mars APC primaries in area councils

It was an unfortunate incidence for the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, during its just concluded primaries in the area councils as it was marred by high level of violence. 

Our correspondent who monitored the event in the Abuja South Federal Constituency comprising Abaji , Kuje Kwali and Gwagwalada area councils, reported that some aggrieved members destroyed election materials during the councillorship primaries in Gwagwalada penultimate week on the grounds that some aspirants were disqualified from participation. 

This situation degenerated last week when a faction of the party clashed with the supporters of the incumbent chairman, Hon. Abubakar Giri and those of Alh. Garba Jibrin engaged in a fight that led to the smashing of two cars and one motorcycle burnt

The situation was put under control on the arrival of soldiers to the venue of the primaries located along Abuja- Lokoja before the process continued. 

In the same vein, primaries of APC in Abaji and Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, could not hold due to thuggery of supporters. 

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, conducted what many described as peaceful primaries. 

However, the process went on smoothly without disagreement between members which was held and concluded within short period devoid of rancour leading to the emergence of consensus candidates. 

The result of the elections show that Hon. Daniel Ibrahim won in Kwali, Hon. Ishaku Shaban won in Kuje, while Hon. Garba Gawu and Alh. Abdullahi Abuja, respectively became the party’s flag bearers in Abaji and Gwagwalada area councils. 

A chieftain of the PDP, Hon. Isah Dobi said the party decided to go for consensus with a view to avoid internal crisis, even as he confirmed that other parties in the past used to benefit from the PDP’s crisis and won elections. 

On his part, member representing Abuja South Federal constituency in the House of Reps, Hon. Zakari Angulu sued for peace and warned against politics of bitterness, just as he enjoined his fellow politicians to regard leadership as an act of God 

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