The last may not have been heard about the just concluded APC governorship primary in Kogi State as many of the aspirants who failed to pick the ticket of the party have threatened to pursue their interests in other parties.
Audu Abubakar giving his address after Governor Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna State declared him winner
Sources informed newsmen over the weekend that no fewer than 10 of the aspirants are on the verge of abandoning the party over grievances relating to the outcome of the primary.
Many of the aspirants are not comfortable to work with the party’s nomination.
An aspirant from Kogi East told newsmen that he was prepared to work against the emergence of Prince Abubakar Audu.
He said Prince Audu remained a part of the problem of Kogi State and should stop parading himself as the Messiah of the people.
“Today, APC made the mistake of nominating a failure as its candidate. I wish them the best of luck. But as someone who loves this state, I owe this state a responsibility of working against the emergence of Prince Abubakar Audu as the governor of this state.
“We shall be meeting in the next 24 hours to ensure Kogi is not subjected to another tenure under Audu,” he said on condition of anonymity.
Another aspirant from Kogi West said he had already decided to move to another party, stressing that he could not face the people of the state to tell them to vote for Prince Audu.
But a loyalist of the governorship candidate of the party, Alh. Jimoh Isah, told Vanguard that the opponents of the governor were those afraid of the former governor’s contributions to the development of Kogi State.
“Let me commend APC for conducting a free, fair and credible primary. The primary election won by Prince Audu is a confirmation of the popularity of the man. We will work to put our house in order,” he assured.
Political watchers are of the view that the rift in the party may cost it in the next governorship election.