Against the rumour making rounds that some aspirants have been endorsed for elective positions ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Kogi State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Abdullahi Bello has denied that the party was imposing candidates on stakeholders.
Bello in a press statement yesterday said that while the ruling APC encourages consensus candidacy, the party does not impose.
He clarified that every eligible member of the party with aspiration should consult with party stakeholders and convince them to gain their support.
The Chairman assured level playing field for all aspirants, stating there would be no anointed candidate for the general election.
“The All progressive Congress is a political party anchored on progressivism philosophy, it is a party with a hallmark of internal democracy, a party of equal opportunity, the playing field is level for all; the rules will be applied equally, no one will be favoured nor will anyone be disadvantaged, the party has no preferred candidate for any office what so ever.
“It is the tradition of our party to encourage consensus candidate among the aspirants themselves where practicable, this is to minimize misgivings, but the party will never impose any candidate for any elective office(s),” he said.
Bello stated that candidates would emerge from the process approved by the constitution of the party and the electoral law noting that the law was clear on the mode of primaries for political parties to choose their candidates for the elections which included direct, indirect and consensus.
While the leadership of the party congratulated party faithfuls for the successful conduct of the party National Convention which he stressed demonstrated beyond all doubts the party’s resolve to forge a united and strong party
He similarly appreciated the goodwill and show of love to the Governor of Kogi State, Yahaya Bello on his presidential declaration affirming that hope has come for Nigerians.