Some councillorship aspirants in the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday staged a peaceful protest in Kaduna over alleged manipulation of the party’s local government primary elections in the state.

Alleging that the primary elections held on March 29 were marred by irregularities, the protesters took over Lord Lugard roundabout, a stone th‎row from the APC state secretariat, waving placards with inscriptions such as “Injustice is a crime against humanity”, “We have worked well for our great party APC so we need justice”, “Correct the fraud in APC Primary Elections”, “We all know elections were not conducted,” and “We need internal democracy in Kaduna APC.”

Addressing journalists at the venue of the protest, chairman of the Congress for Councillorship Aspirants, Kaduna North Local Government, Aminu Adam, said the aggrieved aspirants had sent petitions to Governor Nasir El-Rufai and the party’s state executive committee on their grievances.

“The silence of the state government and all relevant authorities bordering on complicity is what informed our civil protest today, as part of our resolve to press for the conclusive resolution of the matter which potentially threatens the cohesion of the party.”‘

‎Adam said unless the matter was judiciously handled, the party stands the risk of suffering electoral losses in the state in view of the growing public discontent with the alleged deliberate disruption of the polls in the affected wards.‎

But in a swift reaction, APC Acting Secretary in the state, Yahaya Baba Pate, said the primary was conducted and the process was free and fair in all of the 23 local government areas of the state.

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