Muhammed Audu, Kogi State governorship election
Muhammed Audu, Kogi State governorship election (Photo: Vanguard News)

One of the frontline gubernatorial aspirants in Kogi State, Mohammed Audu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that Governor Yahaya Bello is scared of direct primaries because he is not popular among APC members in the state.

Concise News reports that Audu was reacting to the news of some APC stakeholders suing the National Working Committee (NWC) over the adoption of indirect primary for the selection of the party’s candidate for the November 16 governorship election.

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Audu, who is the eldest son of late Prince Abubakar Audu, a former governor of the state says Governor Bello is jittery because with direct primary where every member of Kogi APC is allowed to participate, the governor cannot secure the party’s ticket for the election.

“I personally think that the present government is afraid of opening the process of selection and that is why they have chosen to go by the way of indirect primary.

“The indirect primary is closed, if you are a politician and a true democrat, you will want everyone to participate in the process of selecting you and I dare the government to say they are going by the way of direct primary today, I am sure they will bid the people farewell.

“If they do direct primary that every Kogi person that is a member of the APC is allowed to participate, no doubt we will come top.”

It would be recalled that this online news medium had earlier reported that some APC stakeholders in Kogi criticised the NWC for backing Governor Yahaya Bello despite what they described as Governor Bello’s “incompetence”.