From Pwanagba Agabus, Jos
Former Deputy Governor of Plateau State and Senatorial aspirant for Plateau South in the recently concluded APC primaries, Dame Pauline Talen, has called on the cational secretariat of the party to cancel the senatorial primary, describing the exercise as a “charade”.
It would be recalled that the immediate past Deputy Governor of the State, Ignatius Longjan was declared winner of the primary election.
Tallen, who spoke through her Media Aide, Shabul Mazadu, in Jos, said the process was marred by irregularities and falls short of the expected party’s guidelines.
She said, “In consonance with the laid down guidelines as spelt by the party, primaries for the senatorial ticket was expected to hold on 2nd October, 2018.
“As a loyal party member and having consulted widely, I picked the form to contest for the APC Plateau South Senatorial District ticket.
“It is saddening however that contrary to the procedure spelt out by the national secretariat, the case of Plateau South was a far cry from the expected as the primaries purported to have been held was masterminded by violent intimidation of delegates and selective participation”, she decried.
“In total contrast to our party mantra of peaceful conduct, equitable participation and uniting members, the following antidemocratic events which played out cut a negative impression of the APC in Plateau State,” she lamented.
She maintained that, “the said primaries should be cancelled and the result declared null and void while the national secretariat emplace remedial measures to ensure we produce a candidate following the appropriate due process.”