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NASS Leadership: Saraki, Dogara call mock election, mockery of democracy
Senator Saraki: Supporters vow to defy party

NASS Leadership: Saraki, Dogara call mock election, mockery of democracy

As the nation awaits the take off of the 8th Assembly, two of the leading candidates for the position of Senate President and Speaker, Senator Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Hon. Yakubu Dogara have called the mock elections conducted by the All Progressives Party leadership over the weekend as a mockery of democracy.

The two party chieftains, said the APC leadership were not only biased but came to the meeting with a prepared script which they played out-and both of them stayed away from the voting process that were later conducted.

Minutes after the elections, Senator-elect Dino Melaye, a staunch supporter of Saraki, issued a statement in which he stated that Saraki will stand for Tuesday’s election.

According to the statement “We the Senators-Elect of Like Minds today 6th of June 2015, on the invitation of our party, attended an interactive meeting with five selected  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 Nigeria.

“Dogara’s group called the 8th Assembly Consolidation Group spoke through Hon.  Abdulmumin Jibrin, and it warned that the APC was a on a path of self-destruction by sticking to the outcome of the primary.

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Jibrin, a former Chairman, House Committee on Finance and contestant for the speakership until last week when he stepped down to support Dogara, insisted that there was no election and that Dogara will contest on the floor on Tuesday.

According to him  “The mock election is a blatant lie. It was very shameful and disgraceful and the party only made a mockery of itself.

“We walked out of the hall and we never participated in the election. Therefore, the votes allocated to us were a fraud and we will not accept them,”

Jibrin  stated that members of the group had received threats of disciplinary actions from the party since Saturday, but he restated the resolve of Dogara’s supporters to ignore the APC and nominate Dogora for Tuesday’s election.

He revealed that the group had petitioned President Muhammadu   Buhari to wade into the matter, noting that it was regrettable that in just one week after the APC formed the government at the Federal level, it appeared set on “derailing” from the ideals which propelled it to power.

The group also used the conference to unveil   Lasun Yusuf, a member from Osun State, as Dogora’s running mate .Interestingly, Yusuf, had last week, announced that he was backing Gbajabiamila, only to make a U-turn on Sunday. The battle line is drawn and one would expect a heated first session of the 8th Assembly tomorrow.

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