FCT APC Primaries: Abuja Natives Knock Minister

The Abuja indigenes have accused the FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Bello of not living up to the expectation of his position and the people he leads in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), especially the original inhabitants of the territory.

Yunusa Ahmadu Yusuf, Coordinator of FCT Citizens Against Bad Governance (FCABG) has described the present situation of things in the capital as weak, incompetency and lose of sight by the minister in controlling affairs of the people or the city he was appointed to oversee.

In a statement he personally signed and made available to journalists in Abuja on Thursday, said the anger of the Abuja natives, especially the youth was ignited by the poor conduct of the APC primaries to select the FCT lone senatorial candidate and the two Houses of Representatives.

According to the statement, the APC stakeholders had earlier resolved that the party’s primaries should be conducted through indirect pattern, so that there would be transparency, fairness and justice.

Yusuf said their decision was objected by APC National Working Committee (NWC) without liaising well with the aspirants, stakeholders and party members across the sixty two wards of FCT, rather it was forced on them.

He stated that the youth of the party as law abiding people and peace promoters, protested against the decision to draw attention of the party’s national executives, under the watch of Adams Oshiomohle, yet there was no positive response, which the primary was conducted under a rancorous arrangement.

Recall that during the peaceful protest at the APC national secretariat in Wuse-II, the youth insisted that they prefer indirect pattern considering the peace and justice that it would render, saying that direct may result into crises.

It stated that the refusal of the APC NWC to look into it caused violence on the rescheduled days of the primary, 5th and 6th of October, which was earlier slated for 2nd October and 3rd October.

The group regretted that what it was trying to halt played out on the primary election day, lives were lost in Kuje main town and AMAC as a result of the crowd following disagreement occasioned by the direct mode of voting imposed on the people.

It said Abuja natives are peace loving people and it promoters at all times and would not like anything that will breach the peace of FCT, but all our earlier observations were ignored by the appropriate authorities.

But since then, the results are yet to be officially announced to the public leaving the contestants with their supporters in confusion.

However, the FCT minister’s stance on the situation since it started show lack of concern over the matter and creating more anxieties across FCT.

It is worrisome that the whole minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) who serves as the father, Governor and the eyes of President Muhammadu Buhari and the international community could keep mute till date.

This clearly show that no one is interested in the development of FCT and welfare of the natives, rather the forcefully taken over of their lands is what the people appointed to oversee the smooth running of Abuja are interested in.

The statement condemned the minister’s style of administration with other members of his team for not showing concern over the fate of the happenings, this left us with no other alternative but to look for another political party which leaders will care for our wellbeing, especially security, or the cancellation of the so called party primaries.

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