By Nike Sanda
The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abia State chapter has fixed primaries to nominate candidates that would representing the party as ward councilors and Chairmanship candidates ahead of the December Local Government polls in the state to hold on November 2 (tomorrow) and December 4 respectively.
The publicity Secretary of the party, Ben Godson addressing journalists in Aba, the commercial hub of the state said that all arrangements have been concluded to ensure that the primaries were free, fair and credible, adding that the party was going to adopt the option A4 method to conduct the primaries.
According to him, the leadership of the party which had extended the date of the primaries till Wednesday (today) Nov. 2 to enable all the aspirants to fill, complete and return their forms was impressed with the turnout of aspirants that have purchased forms for various elective positions and added that the large turnout was a clear indication of the acceptability of the party by the people of the state and also shows that the party has grassroots followership.
The APC publicity Secretary while urging members of the party to come out en masse to participate in the primaries at their various wards, he warned that the party under the leadership of Hon. Donatus Nwankpa would not tolerate the exercise being truncated by any person or group of persons as candidates were expected to emerge through a public vote that will represent the wishes of the people.
Godson, expressing the unhappiness of the party over the amount being charged by the Abia State Independent Electoral Commission (ABSIEC) for various local government elective positions, urged ABSIEC to consider a reduction in their price for forms.
He further urged the ABSIEC, Police and other security agencies in the state to be neutral, transparent and to ensure that the results of the December polls will reflect the wishes of the people of Abia State and boasted that the party was going to sweep the polls.
“We are well prepared for the election and efforts are in top gear. That is, if it (election) will be a reality and ABSIEC willing to follow electoral procedures and avoid announcing results for the ruling party. We are urging ABSIEC to be neutral, transparent and to ensure that the results will truly reflect the wishes of Abia electorate. For us as a party, we are very sure that we are going to win with a good margin because we have the grassroots support base across the 17 local government areas in the state.”