The All Progressives Congress (APC) crisis that is ravaging Taraba State appears to have no end in sight.
This became clear on Thursday after a few of the party’s candidates for governor decided to abstain from the party’s rerun primary scheduled for tomorrow.
The following candidates have expressed a desire to boycott the election: Chief David Sabo Kente, Engineer Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf, and Senator Anthony Manzo. Chief David Sabo Kente is the current senator for Taraba Central.
They stated that “the period we may participate in any primary election has passed,” and that “we will not engage in any inter-house social gathering tomorrow in Jalingo.”
Citing the judgement of the Federal High Court sitting in Jalingo, which had earlier ordered for a fresh primary election, the refusal of the party to adhere to the trial judge directive, they said necessitated their actions.
Recall that the Supreme Court, recently upheld the ruling of the Federal High Court Jalingo, the situation which led to the nullification of the emergence of Senator Emmanuel Bwacha, as the party’s governorship candidate.
The aggrieved candidates unanimously agreed that currently, any primary election held by APC in Taraba state was unlawful, vowing to remove themselves from the process.
There is no need for us to participate in such a jamboree, they declared, wondering why the party was going down such a path when the Supreme Court that declared the primary invalid had not mandated a new governorship primary poll.
They claimed that the likelihood of the exercise beginning peacefully and finishing peacefully was “nil,” imagining that it would be a waste of time, resources, and energy.