Borno APC women leader alleges gang up against female aspirants, vows to seek justice
Hajiya Fatima Kakanna, Borno All Progressive Congress (APC) Women Leader has decried the victimisation of female aspirants who participated in different primary election in the state.
She also alleged that the Borno APC stakeholders, government officials had ganged up against all the female aspirants contesting for various positions in different zones at the primaries.
Kakanna, a Candidate of the National Assembly, APC (Northern Borno) made the allegation while speaking to journalists in Maiduguri.
Kakanna had earlier raised an alarm that Governor Shettima had changed all delegates for Representative primaries which was declared inconclusive on Thursday by Alhaji Ahmed El-Marzuq, The Chairman of the Electoral Committee.
Gimba, a candidate of the House of Representative from Bama, Ngala and Kalabalge federal constituency, emerged winner in the Thursday’s inconclusive election held in Maiduguri Elkenemy Worriors stadium, when she polled 76 votes while her closest rival Nur Sharif got 50 votes.
El-Marzuq declared the election inconclussive after dozens of police men armed with weapons from the Government house stormed the scene and stopped the election.
Kakanna who warned that handpicking candidates for elective positions
regardless of the electoral value of such candidates, spelt doom for the progress of democracy in the state and the country.
She said it was sad that many aspirants were forced to withdraw after purchasing their forms, some were told to obtain forms but were denied free and fair election.
“We agreed after the so-called inconclusive elections to return the following day to continue the election. But immediately I left the place, the Committee connived with the Governor’s agents to stage the primaries in my absence and announced the winner. As I am talking to you, I only receive the news from my house. But I am not shock, because, i am a strong politician, I know where to seek redress as a citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. At the end, I promise them that I will have my way.
Gimba, said she and her supporters had slept at the Elkenemy Stadium for three days noting that no explanation was given by the National Working Committee for the delay.
She said that the plan was ochestrated by the National Working Committee and the Borno state government at forcing a rejected candidate on the people.
In his response, Governor Kashim Shettima ordered his aides not to retaliate or attack the APC women leader or any aggrieved aspirant.
According to Malam Isa Gusau, the Special Assistant on Media and Strategy to the Governor, he said Shettima has directed all his media aides and publicity associates particularly in the online and social media never to come up with any media attacks against the person of the state APC women leader, Hajja Fati Kakinna saying the women leader remains his sister and political associate.
He said rather, his associates should defend Kakinna should anyone outside them choose to fly negative things about her.
The Governor made the call minutes after Hajja Kakinna released a video raining curses on him.
“Shettima said as leader of the APC in Borno State he already prepared his mind to receive both praises and wild insults in the aftermath of the primaries.”