Saliu Mustapha
Saliu Mustapha

APC Primaries that produced me were free, fair and credible, says Saliu Mustapha

NEWS DIGEST – The All Progressives Congress (APC) Senatorial Candidate for Kwara Central Mallam Saliu Mustapha has said the results of the senatorial primaries reflected the wishes of party stakeholders and members in the district.

In a statement he personally signed and released by his campaign organization, Mustapaha urged leaders of the party to temper their words and utterances in public places in order not to derail the modest gains already made by the party at state and national levels.

“While I assert that the outcome of our primaries represents the democratic choice of the largest majority of party members who freely exercised their franchise, I appeal to leaders of our party to leave a legacy of good sportsmanship.

“We should also avoid comments that do not unite the party and its members, notwithstanding our personal feelings.

“Again, the outcome of any democratic contest is not as important as how the contenders and leaders manage the outcome. This is especially true of shadow elections,” the statement added.

Mustapha who is also Turaki of Ilorin added that there are ongoing efforts to reconcile aggrieved parties.

He said: “On our part, we will continue to reach out and build consensus within the rank and file and of our party. Constant personal attacks on anyone, especially party leaders, do not serve any good purpose.

“As leaders, we are better defined by how we handle electoral setbacks than how we revel in victory.

“So while the party structure continues to work towards uniting everyone behind a common agenda to secure a landslide victory at all levels for our party, I appeal to all leaders to avoid comments that are not only untrue and unfair to delegates who made their choice, but also hurt leaders whose silence and calm in the face of constant attacks is more about playing the bigger person and uniting the party than about being guilty of any accusations. At all times, real leaders must show restraint in their outbursts.”