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APC Borno guber aspirant dumps party, picks PDP senatorial form

Muhammed Abba-Aji
A former senator and All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant in Borno State, Muhammed Abba-Aji, has dumped the party to run again for the Senate under the flag of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Mr Abba-Aji is now to contest the Borno Central senatorial seat.

A former special adviser to late President Musa Yar’adua on National Assembly, he was the first to declare his intention to contest the governorship in the ruling APC.

On Saturday, his supporters were seen replacing his screaming APC governorship campaign billboards with those of the PDP with the inscriptions indicating he is now going to contest for the Senate seat he occupied between 2003 and 2007.

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Speaking with journalists, Mr. Abba-Aji said he left APC because of injustice meted on him and other governorship aspirants by the leadership of the party.

The APC has denied such allegations, insisting it has given every aspirant a level playing ground to pursue their ambitions.

The former senator who defected from PDP to the APC in 2014, may likely be clashing with the outgoing Borno governor, Kashim Shettima, who is also a senatorial aspirant of the APC for the same district.

He blamed his predicament on what he called the excessive powers that parties allow the governors, which he said makes them too powerful and sometimes even more powerful than the state party chairpersons.

He also alleged that the plot to deny him a chance to pick the state governorship ticket was hatched by Mr. Shettima, whom he said is in total control of the party structure in the state.

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“There was a pronouncement which started at the APC national congress; it was unanimous that primary elections of the party will be conducted through direct primaries; all card-carrying members will come together and determine who the candidate for a particular office will be,” he said.

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