- The direct primary election ordered by the national leadership of the APC is still generating reactions
- The national leader of the party, Tinubu, has made his stand known on the issue
- According to him, the direct primary option will deepen democracy in the country
The All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has hailed the direct primary option to pick the party’s governorship candidate in Osun state.
He described the decision of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) to approve direct primary as historic and capable of deepening democracy.
In a statement sent to journalists by his media office, Tinubu said: “The decision of the National Working Committee approving a direct primary to elect the party’s candidate for Osun election is a ground-breaking step toward achieving this fine objective. By this decision, the party affirms its democratic inclinations.
“When the history of this moment is written, those looking back on this decision will say that it was an inevitable natural consequence of party evolution.”
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He said the party’s constitution allows the use of both indirect (delegate system) and direct (participation of all card-carrying party members) in picking a candidate, adding that the direct primary is more democratic.
“When the history of this moment is written, those looking back on this decision will say that it was an inevitable natural consequence of party evolution,” he added.
He continued: “From its inception, our party has held to principles of internal democracy and, by the open and fair conduct of our conventions, we have distinguished ourselves from all other political parties. While we have achieved more than others with regard to internal democracy, there is still more to be done in order to perfect our internal procedures and mechanisms.
“This consideration was a key factor in the election of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as party chairman. Core to that mandate is the improvement of democracy within the party so that we may become even better representatives of the people.
“However, I know differently. This decision took courage and conviction because it bucked the old ways in order to bring about something better and new. Comrade (Adams) Oshiomhole deserves commendation for leading the party toward greater democracy, which means increased participation of all party members in key decisions that affect them.
“The involvement of all APC members in candidate nomination will ensure that the party chooses the candidate of the people. It will also serve to galvanize the party membership for the general election that lies ahead.
“Moreover, direct primaries will serve as a future deterrent to those who might have tried to corrupt the delegate system of obtaining nominations. With that system, the temptation to ‘buy’ delegates was an ever-present weakness. Now, such a venal undertaking will prove much too costly and uncertain to be entertained as feasible strategy.
“I am sure party members in Osun welcome this decision for it shines the rays of democracy more fully upon them. May this decision not be peculiar to Osun but stand as the new way of our party. The nation and the APC will both be better for it.”
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Meanwhile, 12 of the aspirants of the APC, all from Osun West senatorial district, on Tuesday, July 17, rejected the direct primary option to elect the party’s candidate ahead of the September 22 governorship election in the state.
Among the nine aspirants present at the conference where the resolution was communicated were, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, Dr. Peter Babalola, Alhaji Saka Layoonu, Hon. Gafar Amere, Hon. Najeem Salami, Engr. Mumini Olabanji and Dayo Oyebanji.
Addressing journalists at the party secretariat, the Osun West senatorial district chairman, Honourable Amobi Akintola called on the National Working Committee of the party to revert the proclamation of direct party primaries for the conduct of the election without delay to avoid devastating effect for the party.
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