POLITICAL office seekers, as well as the voters in Bauchi State, have been warned against selling and buying of votes in the 2019 general elections just as the stakeholders of the State, All Progressives Congress, (APC), have adopted President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar as presidential and gubernatorial candidates in the 2019 general elections.
The warning against vote buying was made by the Deputy Governor of the State, Arch. Audu Sule Katagum during a stakeholders’ special meeting where the decision of the adoption of the duo was taken while also reaffirming their adoption of indirect primaries in selecting candidates for the 2019 general elections.
The stakeholders have expressed satisfaction with the performances of the two leaders then passed a resolution adopting President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar as presidential and gubernatorial candidates of the party respectively.
According to the stakeholders, “the decision becomes necessary in view of the massive infrastructural development, the stability of the nation and Bauchi State, improved security and prudent management of resources that have been witnessed under these great leaders.”
They further explained that the APC led governments at the Federal and State levels have introduced good policies that have positively touched the lives of the common man, which the people have been yearning since the return of democracy in 1999.
The APC stakeholders further explained that Nigerians and people of Bauchi State are satisfied with the commitment of the President and the Governor in combating insurgency and other criminal activities.
They also reaffirmed the resolution they passed earlier in the month, adopting indirect primary elections, citing insecurity, high cost and crowd management as factors against direct primary elections.
In his remarks, the State Deputy Governor, Architect Audu Sule Katagum, who stood in for the Governor stressed that all those seeking elective positions must reach out to the electorates who will take final decisions, maintaining that Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar has no anointed candidates.
The Deputy Governor then warned against vote selling and buying, saying that the party is working out ways of checking electoral fraud before, during and after the conduct of the primaries.
Among those who attended the meeting were the Deputy Governor, Architect Audu Sule Katagum, State Chairman of the party, Alhaji Uba Ahmed Nana, party executive members, as well as members of the State and National Assemblies.
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