Yahaya Bello’s campaign team cries foul, says APC primary was compromised


By Emmanuel Obisue

In the aftermath of the presidential primaries of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC that saw the emergence of Bola Tinubu as its flag bearer, the Campaign Organisation of the Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello has cried foul, stating that the process was compromised.

It would be recalled that the 47-year-old Bello had polled 47 votes to come fifth in the contest which spanned across 48 hours and climaxed on Wednesday.

Reacting to the outcome, his campaign organization accused the party leaders of manipulating the processes at the national convention.

Spokesperson for the campaign organization, Yemi Kolapo, opined that even though the APC’s presidential election was peaceful, it was largely compromised.

“The All Progressives Congress’ presidential primary elections have come and gone. The process was largely peaceful but highly compromised,” Mr Kolapo said shortly after the conclusion of the election in Abuja.

“This is, however, not new in a country where democracy is defined as the government of the oppressors by the oppressors and for the oppressors.

“It is sad to note that those who should know and who many progressives had thought of as leaders with integrity are the ones working against the people they were selected to represent for egocentric reasons,” he said.

Kolapo further lamented that the mode of the primary elections was such that the highest bidder of political parties allegedly bought delegates.

“A mode of primaries whereby delegates who have largely been pocketed by their paymasters and who defer to the highest bidder are made to choose flag bearers of a political party is as warped as the process itself.

“It is obvious that in a bid to prove that he is not one of them, enemies of this project, Nigeria, went beyond speaking with delegates and oiling their palms to ensure that votes that did not represent Yahaya Bello’s popularity were counted against his name.

“But they have unwittingly made him the hero of the moment. We do not have to talk much but to pray that God Himself would deliver Nigerians from the hands of enemies of democracy,” he added.