The All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate for Bida/Gbako/Katcha federal constituency of Niger State in the 2019 elections, Hon. Saidu Musa Abdullahi, has debunked rumours that plans were afoot to substitute him and other candidates of the party in the state.
Abdullahi, who was reacting to a news reports suggesting that he will be substituted, described the alleged substitution story as “mischievous and emanating from the warped imagination of his detractors.”
In a statement made available to journalists in Abuja on Thursday, the candidate explained that the House of Representatives primary election in Bida/Gbako/Katcha federal constituency was adjudged free, fair, transparent, peaceful and credible.
LEADERSHIP Friday reports that the aspirants defeated by Abdullahi in the primaries included Hussaini Ndayako, Suleiman AB Umar, Abdulkadir Mundi Aliyu, Mohammed Bagudu Sadiq, Suleiman Ndaman and Shuaibu Kawu.
Abdullahi revealed that he scored the highest votes in the primary election by polling 6,742 votes, while his closest rival, Hussaini Ndayako had 3,979 votes, Abdulkadir Mundi Aliyu got 2,938 votes.
Also, Mohammed B Sadiq polled 2,167 votes, Suleiman AB Umar got 1,272 votes, Suleiman Ndaman got 610 votes while Shuaibu Kawu polled 585 votes.
“There is no iota of truth in the story that APC in the state has approached the national secretariat with the suggestion to substitute any of its candidates. I wish to implore our teeming supporters and fans to ignore the report as the handiwork of bad losers.
“Besides, I have been issued with the Certificate of Return as the duly elected candidate who will fly the party’s flag at next year’s election along with other candidates who emerged victorious in their respective federal constituencies,” he said.
Abdullahi added that his team is now focused and committed to ensuring the victory of the APC in the state, not only in Bida/Gbako/Katcha federal constituency but at all the various levels of the elections.
He restated that he would effectively represent the federal constituency in the House of Representatives if elected; as well as attract development projects to the three local governments of Bida, Gbako and Katcha that make up the constituency.
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