Aspirants leave APC primary venue after generator ran out of fuel and officials resorted to using ‘torch light’
No fewer than three out of the five governorship aspirants contesting the ticket of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Sokoto State stormed out of the party secretariat, the venue of the primary.
This follows the total blackout, which enveloped the entire secretariat of the party when the generating set supplying light to the building for the exercise ran out of fuel.
The blackout lasted for over one hour as pleas by some of the aspirants to get the exercise suspended pending when the light would be restored were not heeded.
The primary was continued with the use of a torch, which prompted the aspirants to leave the venue in annoyance.
The former Minister of Transportation, Yusuf Suleimanformer Nigerian Ambassador to Jordan, Faruk Yabo, and Abubakar Gumbi were among the aspirants who stormed out of the area.
Meanwhile, some political thugs allegedly loyal to the party’s leader in the state, Aliyu Wamakko, almost lynched the aspirants while leaving the premises.
Despite the heavy presence of security personnel within the premises, aspirants’ vehicles were attacked by thugs shouting “Sai Aluu,” a popular slogan used by Wamakko’s supporters in the state.
The governorship primary exercise, which commenced a few minutes before 11:00 pm on Thursday, was still ongoing as of 6:30 am on Friday, Punch reported.