A concerned APC body known as the Kogi Mandate Group has urged the party’s national chairman Abdullahi Adamu to disregard a purported delegates’ list for the forthcoming Kogi governorship election.
The Kogi’s governorship election will be held in November as Governor Yahaya Bello’s tenure ends on January 27, 2024. The political parties’ primaries will be held in April ahead of the polls.
But the group, through its solicitors, Atlanta Partners, based in Abuja, had, in a letter dated February 15, alleged that the list was allegedly concocted in Kogi Government House without following the due process specified in the Electoral Act.
Promise Ogbodu, the group’s lead counsel, in the letter titled, ‘Complaint/appeal against the submission of purported delegates names/list in respect of Kogi Primary Election for 2023 Governorship election’, threatened to go to court if the state party leadership did not do the right thing.
Mr Ogbodu said, “We are Solicitors to Kogi Mandate Group and its leaders, Messrs Audu Sule, Isah Yahaya and Ahmed Momoh, hereinafter referred to as our clients on whose instruction we write.”
He explained that the Kogi Mandate Group was an association of APC members spread across the three senatorial districts of Kogi, who have irrevocably committed themselves to market APC and its policies.
“Our clients, the leaders of Kogi Mandate Group, are committed, loyal and productive members of the party, APC and are desirous of contesting delegates election in respect of the forthcoming governorship primary election in Kogi,” the letter stressed.
The solicitors said their clients had information that while they and their members were awaiting to contest and serve the party as delegates in the forthcoming primary election for the 2023 governorship election in Kogi, a purported delegates list for the primary had been submitted to the party.
Responding, information commissioner and Kogi APC chairman of the Presidential Campaign Council, Kingsley Fanwo, said the list is authentic.
Mr Fanwo claimed delegates elections were held across the state’s three senatorial districts, and names of successful delegates were collected and sent to the party’s national leadership.
He described the Kogi group as disgruntled members seeking means of causing a problem for the party in the state, but “they won’t succeed in their bad attempt.”