By; SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari on Thursday declared that the All Progressives Congress (APC) states that have opted for either direct, consensus or indirect modes for the forthcoming primaries to elect those who will fly the party’s flags have not breached any part of the party’s constitution.
Masari who fielded questions from State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Mohammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja, said the controversy over the matter in the public dormain was of no consequence as the APC states were free to opt for whatever method that suits them.
“It is not a hot cake. First of all, let me say from all the states that we have read and heard , Lagos, Kano and Niger are the only states that have opted for direct primaries in a country of 36 states plus FCT.
“I think it shouldn’t be contentious issue. Infact the constitution of the party is very clear, there is nothing contentious in this .The constitution of the party recognises direct, consensus and indirect primaries, so which ever method is adopted, nobody is breaching the constitution of the party so what is the big deal about it?
The Governor who promised 2.5 million votes from his state to return President Buhari for a second term in office said the people of Katsina were 100% behind the president and will continue to support him even after the 2019 Presidential election.
“We expect, based on figures coming out of the registered voters to give him nothing less than 70 to 80%. We don’t have the figures now because they have completed additional registration, we are not talking about the last exercise that led to the election of 2015 and in 2015 he got almost 1.5 million votes from Katsina state. So we expect by 2019 we will be able to give him additional 1 million making it not less than 2.5 million votes, ” Masari said.
The Governor also gave backing to the recent approval of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for the setting up of an electoral offence commission.
He said, “If I could remember during the Uwais committee, we were heading some sub comitttees of former legislators, former and serving governors and we made presentations, and part of our recommendations is that apart from the independence of the electoral body, to establish this tribunal so that at least, this tribunal will help in sanitising the electoral process.
“The legal system as at today is prolonged and takes time and cases are decided when you have even forgotten about your off. And I think, this will help to sanitise and make the elections more credible.