There was tension among members of the All Progressive Congress, APC, in Kano as the Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso urged them to produce consensus candidates from among those contesting for seats in the state and national assemblies.
The governor made the suggestion on Sunday at the state government house were the APC caucus from each of the 44 constituencies of the state were meeting to prepare for the 2015 general elections.
Mr. Kwankwaso said consensus candidates were better for the unity and progress of the party in the state.
While the national headquarters of the APC has given every aspirant the right to purchase forms for any post, Mr. Kwankwaso said the Kano chapter has decided to use the consensus option as an alternative to primaries to forestall violence.
However, as the governor made his statement, members of the party went wild, shouting that they would not accept the measure and primaries were better.
Some insisted that allowing people to partake in elections was the only known democratic culture.
The governor, who is the leader of the party in the state, however, maintained that consensus was the only way of stopping violence and ensuring victory for the party.
On voters’ registration, Mr. Kwankwaso warned that he would take decisive action against contestants and their followers if they failed to ensure eligible voters got their voters’ cards.