The All Progressives Congress has vowed that it will not allow its major opponent, the Peoples Democratic Party, win any of the 25 Local Government areas in the council polls fixed for Janaury 16.
Speaking at the flagoff of the party’s campaign, the state Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Bello, said winning the whole council elections would ease administration for the ruling party from state to local government levels.
“We voted President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC, at the state myself and at the local government. I want us to do the same by voting APC in the 25 councils, so that we can effectively deliver the devidends of democracy to the people from the national to the local government levels.”
Speaking, the state APC BoT Chairman and former Deputy Governor in the immediate past administration, Alhaji Ahmed Musa Ibeto, said having produced three senators, 10 out of 11 house of representatives members, it would be wrong to lose any of the 25 councils or the 274 councillorship seats to the main opposition in the election.
He stated, “After winning all the three senatorial seats, 10 out of 11 house of representatives seats, we will disgrace President Buhari, if we, even lose a seat to our main opponent. Therefore, we will give a single seat out.”
Also, the National Vice-Chairman, North Central zone, Alhaji Ibrahim Idi, commended the effort of the party in the state, noting that in the whole country, the Niger state chapter of the APC won all the national positions through hard work, which must be maintained in the grassroot polls.
According to him, “We must not give any seat to the PDP. PDP is now our wife, we cannot conceed any seat to it.”
Similarly, the state Chairman of the party, Mr. Mohammed Iman, in his address explained that earlier, speculations were rifted in the state, alleging that the party could not conduct the election, and noting that fixing the date had clearly sent a message in the ability and preparedness of APC to hold it.