Senate: Why I Boycotted APC Primary Election – Saraki

Senator Bukola Saraki, senator
representing Kwara central constituency has explained why he boycotted the mock
primary organised by the All Progressives Congress to elect a Senate President.
Saraki in a statement on his
Facebook page said the party adopted a voting pattern which he described as
“undemocratic and against universal electoral norms and practice.”
In a statement signed by
senator-elect Dino Melaye and senator-elect Ahmed Rufai Sani, on behalf of
senators-elect of Like Minds, they said. “We the senators-Elect of Like Minds
today 6TH of June 2015, on the invitation of our party, attended an interactive
meeting with selected 5 members from each group, the Unity Forum and the Like
Minds Group.

“Regrettably, the Unity Forum
insisted on open ballot voting which we discovered is different from the
electoral process used to conduct the earlier election with the House of
Representatives members elect. To us, this open ballot voting is primitive;
undemocratic and against universal electoral norms and practice.
“In the light of the above, we the
Senators elect of Like Minds hereby insist on our position of Open Secret
voting process which we believe is in consonance with the provisions of the
electoral act, the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and the
universal electoral values.
“As responsible citizens of
Federal Republic of Nigeria, and leaders in our own right, we have resolved and
hereby state that we shall not be part of a process that promotes undemocratic
electoral process that may resort to rancorous and uncivil situations which
inhibits the rights of individuals to vote for the candidate of their choice,
as this process will further divide us than unite members of our party.
“In conclusion we the
Senators-Elect of Like Minds wish to state categorically that we will
participate only in the constitutional election scheduled for Tuesday, the 9th
of June 2015 in line with the rules of the Senate of the Federal Republic of
“We by this press release invite
the media to a joint press conference by the 65 Senators-Elect of Like Minds
drawn from across party lines on Monday morning, the 8th of June 2015,” the
statement read.

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