Why We Won’t Present Candidate in Lokoja LG – ACN

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Facts emerged on  Wednesday why Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN)  would not field any candidate for Lokoja Local Government in the  May 4  local government poll in Kogi  State.

The ACN’s decision not to present any candidate for the election  in Lokoja Council Area  is  in the spirit of the ongoing merger between CPC, All  Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) and the ACN.

Though,  it will contest  and present candidates in other  20 council areas, but in the  arrangement that  a  party  will support others  where it has comparative advantage is responsible for ACN  to leave alone Lokoja Council  for the CPC. The CPC candidate, however,  cemented the agreement by picking his vice  from the ACN fold for the election.

The state secretary of the  ACN,  Abdukadir Yahaya, confirmed this when the Nigerian Tribune met him at the party secretariat  disclosing that  “ we are not going to present any candidate for Lokoja  Council as we are going to support fully the candidate of the CPC  in  support and consolidation of  the merger.”

Also the success or failure of the  ongoing reconciliation between the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Tunde Ogbeha group will determine where the group will pitch its tent  in the forthcoming poll.

The former Senator and his group are the determining  factor in politics as far as the council area is concerned but they could not arrive at a candidate in the last chairmanship primary which resulted in a faction, thus the boycott by a faction.

The meeting  between the group and the reconciliation team could not arrive at a point when they met on Wednesday, as some maintained that they would vote in protest  for  the CPC candidate in the election while others believed that whatever happened, they would remain with their party (PDP.)

A reliable source from the meeting informed that the aggrieved  were still adamant, maintaining their stand on a protest vote while the reconciliation team was still pressing on knowing the importance of losing the Lokoja Council to the opposition.



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