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APC gubernatorial aspirants in Nasarawa mull support for opposition candidates

By Abel Abogonye, Lafia
17 October 2018   |   3:31 am
Eight contestants in the gubernatorial primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State have indicated support for the opposition candidates.

Eight contestants in the gubernatorial primaries of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State have indicated support for the opposition candidates.

The governorship aspirants disclosed the position to our correspondent after a meeting at the private residence of Governor Tanko Almakura in Abuja.

They allegedly refused to heed to the appeals by the governor to support the party’s candidate, Abdullahi Sule in the 2019 elections.

It was leant that an ex-governor of the state, Senator Abdullahi Adamu had told the governor that the APC could lose the state due to the emergence of its unpopular candidate.

Adamu said there were indications that the aspirants and their supporters were planning to support the governorship candidates of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The Guardian leant that Sule, at the meeting, pleaded with Ahmed Wadada and other candidates to support him in the interest of the party.

One of the candidates who declined to be named said: “The governor took us for granted, but we are not fools. Since he singlehandedly gave the ticket to Sule, he should also device the means of delivering for him.

“After the meeting, he gave us N1million each as transport money, which we collected, but we will not fall for it, because he worked against us during the primaries.”

However, Almakura had disclosed after the meeting that the aspirants agreed to support the party’s candidates.

The aggrieved aspirants are the state Deputy Governor, Silas Agara, Ahmed Wadada, Ja’afar Mohammed, Shehu Tukur and Danladi Envuluanza.

Others are Dauda Kigbu, Hassan Liman, Dr. James Angbazo, Zakari Idde and Musa Maikaya.

10 APC governorship aspirants who contested in the primaries, the party’s three senatorial and five House of Representatives candidates attended the meeting.