From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Ahead of its primaries coming up next month, all aspirants for State and National Assemblies elections on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi State have pledged their readiness to support whoever emerges candidates of the party during its primaries.
The aspirants, who converged, Thursday, on the banquet hall, Government House, Lokoja, the state capital were made to sign the ” Fair Play and Peace Accord “, a pact intended to guide the aspirants during and after the primaries.
Addressing the aspirants, Governor Yahaya Bello, said APC has all it takes to win in a landslide, all its elections in 2019 poll, and revealed that the fair play and peace accord was meant to extract the commitment of the aspirants to support the party and its candidates after the primaries.
Governor Bello who lauded party members and supporters for the success recorded over the years, especially the successful Congresses witnessed in the state, warned against violation of the agreement.
He disclosed that anyone found to have work against the interest of the peace by breaching the fair play and peace accord, would be severely dealt with, as the party he said, expects decorum and maturity from the aspirants.
” this agreement will be binding on all of you the aspirants. Anyone who violates this fair play and peace pact would be dealt with like a common criminal”, he said.
” anyone who emerges victorious at the end of the day is my candidate. We will support him or her. We will also expand the government to accommodate those would not make it in the primaries. We will create an enabling environment for a transparent and peaceful process”, he revealed.
On his part, Chairman of the party in the state, Hon. Abdullahi Bello, revealed that 80 aspirants would be jostling for the 25 tickets of the State House of Assembly, as well as several others for the National Assembly tickets, and noted that this speaks of the strength and popularity of the party in the state.
While assuring of a level playing field for all aspirants to test their popularity, the APC boss urged them to develop spirit of sportsmanship, saying that winners should be magnanimous in victory.