Adamu Garba, a former presidential candidate on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has stated that the ruling party is planning to impose a consensus presidential candidate on the other contestants.
This accusation comes less than two weeks after Adamu Garba resigned from the APC for failing to gather N100 million to purchase the party’s presidential nomination and expression of interest forms.
The presidential candidate, who raised N83.4 million in donations from Nigerians, has subsequently joined the Young Progressive Party (YPP) to pursue his aspiration.
In an interview with The Punch, Adamu Garba revealed that while 25 presidential aspirants in the APC were traversing the country to solicit votes from delegates, the Abdullahi Adamu-led leadership of the party was plotting to hand the presidential ticket to a consus candidate.
“As we get ready for the primaries as a party, it is looking clear that there is a game plan geared towards installing somebody as a consensus candidate.” It betrays the tenets of democracy completely.
“At the same time, we, young people, in the party are completely obliterated. The more you bring new ideas, new solutions, and suggest changes, the more you are perceived as an enemy, and somebody that should be thrown out of the window, “he said.
Adamu Garba also warned that the APC was not a platform young people should aspire to be, adding that the reason he dumped the party was alleged anti-democratic policies.
He said, “There are certain steps that the APC has taken over time that seem to be anti-democratic.” They’ve just betrayed the whole democratic tenet.
“A situation where people went to a convention that turned out to be an enthronement.” Nobody was given the opportunity to practice democracy.
“When you look at the whole thing, you will see we don’t have a future here. We have ‘financialised’ everything from health care, education, roads and even the office that is supposed to deliver the goods. That’s one thing that made me conclude that the party really doesn’t represent the future.
“That’s why you will see killings in Katsina, Zamfara, Niger Delta, South-East, North-East and nobody is doing anything about them. It is because we don’t care about humans but about resources.
“That is the direction of the policymakers. That’s why our young people are running away from the country and nobody cares. In fact, some ministers are even saying it is good,” Adamu Garba concluded.
The contender recently claimed that he used a portion of the donation he received from Nigerians to purchase the YPP Expression of Interest and Nomination forms.