• As state Exco plot to frustrate sitting fails
The panel set by the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress ( APC ), to hear petitions arising from the just concluded National Assembly primaries held in the state has concluded its findings, even as they met stiff opposition from the state secretariat.
The panel which arrived in the state on Saturday afternoon was hidden from members and petitioners, till this morning when a few got wind of their presence and made calls to other aggrieved aspirants.
The panel which was lodged at Serene hotel located at judges quarters makurdi, our correspondent gathered was ordered to vacate the hotel when information got to the party secretariat that complainants and petitioners had discovered where they were hidden and had began trooping in with their petitions.
The Chairman of the panel Mr. Godwin Ukpanukopong, expressed surprise at the number of petitions they had received only this morning on the discovery of their presence. He however frowned at the deceptive tactics employed by the state secretariat to hinder them from performing their task.
According to him when they arrived the state secretariat they were told by the party’s administrative secretary, Mr. Mark Haanmation, on their insistence who arranged for their accommodation that the elections had no grudges and thus they were not needed since they had agreed consensus candidates.
Meanwhile the panel had to hurriedly leave the hotel as at time of filling this report as they claimed to have received a call from the party secretariat in makurdi informing them of the party’s inability to accommodate and guarantee their safety.
Those present at the venue with their petitions include; Mr. Andrew Ayabam, Mr. Adaa Maagbe, Hon. Mrs. Dorathy Mato, Mr. George Alkali Nduul, Hon. Sekav Iortyom, while Sen. Barnabas Gemade was seen driving into the hotel at the time of filling this report.
It can be recalled that the just concluded primaries conducted by the APC in the state has received a lot of negative criticism from the public due to alleged malpractice and candidates imposition.