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Getting Two Votes at PDP primaries was surprising, I thought i would score zero -Shehu Sani

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Getting Two Votes at PDP primaries was surprising, I thought i would score zero -Shehu Sani
Getting Two Votes at PDP primaries was surprising, I thought i would score zero -Shehu Sani

Former senator representing Kaduna Central at the national assembly, Shehu Sani has said that he was surprised that he got 2 votes at the recently concluded Peoples Democratic Party governorship primary in Kaduna state.

Speaking in an interview with Punch, he stated that “internal democracy is one of the most important areas of a democracy that needs to be clean and reconfigured”.

Sani said “I am not a new politician and I am not a starter but something I have found out and that has been attacked by the society is the delegate system where delegates bribe delegates to vote for them. A primary, a democratic process where leaders emerge should be clean and transparent but what has been going on in the politics of this country is that we have accepted what is wrong, decadent and negative as a political ghost ritual.

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Internal democracy is one of the most important areas of a democracy that needs to be clean and reconfigured. A society cannot have credible and honourable leaders when the process that led to their emergence is corrupt and decadent.

It appears that we have accepted a corrupt and fraudulent process of governance where people are selected as delegates and paid money to vote for a particular candidate. We are in a situation where hundreds of millions and sometimes billions are spent on a few people for them to elect candidates whom the rest of the public are now being urged to select from. I have said before I went to the primaries that I am not going to give a dime to any delegates and they should vote for me based on my credibility, accountability and my agenda for the people of Kaduna state and I stood by my words despite a lot of pressure for me to part with money and give to delegates to get votes.

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But I insisted that I would not do it. We need to have references who are going to revolt against the system to rescue our democracy from being suffocated by moneybags and criminals because the delegate system only makes it possible for moneybags, and god-fathers to impose candidates and have strongholds on our society through the influence of money”