Only fraudulent politicians are against direct primaries – APC chieftain

Mr Clement Jimbo, an All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart in Akwa Ibom and a former Presidential Candidate, has said that only fraudulent politicians will be against direct primaries in 2023.

Mr. Jimbo, who ran for president in the 2019 general election on the platform of Social Democratic Party, said that the law recently made by the National Assembly would unsettle politicians who are enjoying the indirect process.

The 42-year-old Jimbo, now aspiring to go to the Senate, said this when he a paid familiarisation visit to Ntoedino ward 4 in Abama village, Obot Akara Local Government Area, on Monday.

Mr. Jimbo, who said he would be aspiring for Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District Seat at the National Assembly on the platform of APC, wondered why some politicians would kick against direct primaries which would enable all party members to make their choices on who to contest for a particular office.

“The direct primaries is a welcome and miraculous development in the political space of Nigerian politics due to its numerous benefits to all party men and women.

“I strongly commend the National Assembly for this great feat, despite the fact of some political elements are trying to block it from seeing the light of the day.

“It is my happiness that this process will give all party men and women a fair ground to elect anybody they want to contest for a particular office without being manipulated as it they do in indirect primaries,” Jimbo said.

He expressed displeasure over the poor living conditions of rural people in the area, especially the bad road network and promised to alleviate the suffering of the rural people if elected.

The Village Head of Abama, Chief Idorenyin Udoma, commended the APC stalwart for finding time to visit the area and to witness the state of the people in the community.

Udoma advised the older politicians to have a rethink by giving the younger ones the chance to also showcase their God-given talents in the political office for the development of the nation.