Coalition of 2019 presidential election: We rejected APC presidential election

The Coalition Of 2019 APC Presidential Aspirants Reject The
APC Presidential Election Of September 28, 2018
We, the presidential aspirants under the platform of All Progressive
Congress (APC) in the 2019 general election, henceforth, referred
to as the Coalition Of The 2019 APC Presidential Aspirants, hereby
reject the APC presidential primary election purportedly held on the
28th day of September, 2018.
First and foremost, the claim that President Muhammadu Buhari is
unopposed as the flag-bearer of our great party for the 2019
elections is not only grossly disingenuous but also a figment of the
imagination of latent lackeys grandstanding as presidential
handlers. The truth is that we neither stepped down for the
president nor suspended our ambition to be president under the
platform of the APC in 2019. Buhari is merely being imposed, but
such plot will fail.
Second, denying qualified citizens their right to seek public office is
constitutionally ultra vires. Neither the Constitution of the Federal
Republic nor the Constitution of the APC promotes prohibitive
nomination fees, which the Adams Oshiomhole-led National
Executive Committee is employing to exclude thousands of party
faithful, particularly the youth and women, from exercising their
right to seek public office. Neither the Constitution of the Federal
Republic nor the Constitution of the APC recognizes the bogus
clause, Right To First Refusal, which the party leadership assumed
to sideline Buhari’s fellow aspirants from the presidential primary.
It is also worthy of note that, while the idea of the “right to first
refusal” is promoted for the executive office of the president, the
opposite is the case for the executive offices of the governors
where notable relatives of party leaders, including Buhari’s in-laws,
are aspirants.
Third and very critically, there was no level playing ground in the
party’s screening exercise. While serving ministers and governors
were subjected to a rigorous screening exercise, no attempt was
made whatsoever to re-evaluate President Buhari’s qualifications,
with special attention to his educational and other certificates,
state of health, fidelity to the party as well as national principles in
context of the Nigerian multiethnic state, and much more.
Fourthly, the Direct Primary model employed in the said primary
election was a monumental sham. Of course, the idea of direct
primary in the current political dispensation is novel and
comparable to the “American-style direct presidential primaries”,
as Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesman, would want to vaunt,
but the American political parties are not better known for
schemes which exclude their party members from participating in
the electoral process. For instance, unlike in America, qualified
Nigerian aspirants are being denied the right to compete within the
APC on a false premise that a sitting president has the right to first
refusal. Unlike in America, there is no updated APC party register
across the over 8,000 wards in Nigeria, causing some states to
revert to the 2014 register, which automatically excluded millions
of party members who registered after 2014. Even worse, and very
unlike in America, findings from the Nigerian Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC) have confirmed that millions of party
members were disenfranchised, as election did not hold in a
majority of the wards. Needless to mention that President Buhari’s
blatant failure to vote in the said primary only goes to ridicule the
process. Yet, the election was deemed highly successful, with the
president being proclaimed the winner.
In conclusion, we strongly believe in the APC as a beacon of hope
for our democratic future. But we must lead by example. We must
reposition the party as a model for true change. Therefore, this
coalition is not against Mr. President as a person; we only demand
that justice, equity and fair play should be the order of the day. To
that end, we insist that the party should, as a matter of urgency,
create the level playing ground for all aspirants to the various
elective offices. We insist on a true presidential primary election
where all the APC presidential aspirants are allowed the
opportunity to participate. We resist imposition.
We also want to use this opportunity to appeal to our teaming
supporters; and other aspirants to various offices, especially the
youth and women, who feel disenfranchised, to remain calm and
law abiding. We hear you, the silent majority. We hear you, the
Not-Too-Young-To-Run candidates who feel their hopes are being
dashed. But be rest assured that we are committed to the
founding principles of the APC, a progressive party. We are doing
everything within the law to ensure equal opportunity for all
members of our great party, as well as our fellow citizens, in line
with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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