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A civil society group has claimed the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Taraba State failed in last month's governorship election because it fielded an unpopular candidate.


The Executive Director, Citizens Awareness Against Corruption and Social Vices Initiative, CAACASVI, Olumuyiwa Onlede made the claims on Wednesday.


He attributed APC's poor performance at the polls in Taraba State to the interference of the national leadership of the party, especially its chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu.


He alleged that Adamu's action of imposing a governorship candidate in the person of Senator Emmanuel Bwacha on the state ruined APC's chances of victory at the March 18 gubernatorial election.


He advised the APC to endeavour to present other competent Taraba indigenes, preferably, David Sabo Kente if it hoped to regain power in the state in 2027.


"It is imperative to x-ray events leading to the primaries in the Taraba State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), especially the gubernatorial primaries that were never legitimately held in the first and second instances.


"Members of the APC, and indeed those that have the interest of the party at heart, knew that the Taraba APC had set itself on the path of failure at the polls the moment the national body of the party, under the leadership of Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, threw all democratic principles out of the window and placed personal interests above the general wellbeing and interests of the clear majority.


"Adamu's single act of connivance with Sen. Emmanuel Bwacha ruined the golden chance and opportunity for APC members in the state to forge a common goal of enthroning the long-awaited competent and people's oriented government in Taraba," he stated.


"The declaration of Bwacha as APC candidate in a primary that never held and subsequent disobedience to the order and judgement of the Supreme Court by conducting a kangaroo primary in February 2022, without any legal backing, and foisting an unpopular candidate on the people was already a disaster planned and carried out by Adamu and his cohorts such as Bwacha.


"If good governance must have a place in Taraba State and Nigeria as a whole, we must start looking at politics from a modern perspective. Our politics must be politics of the people and it must be a politics of competition of ideas, which will give those that aspire to lead us the opportunity to put their antecedent and life in the court of public opinion for the people to scrutinize and have a choice and a say, instead of being forced to elect unpopular leaders because of undemocratic party arrangements," Onlede said.


Kefas Agbu of the Peoples Democratic Party polled 302,614 votes to win the governorship election in Taraba State.

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