- A political group within the APC, United Action for Change (UAC), has claimed victory for adopting direct primaries by Lagos state chapter of the party
- The UAC commended the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for his approval
- The group, however, urged the APC to have a credible and updated membership register
The United Action for Change (UAC), a political group within the APC said it has compelled the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to accept the adoption of direct primaries for election in the Lagos chapter of the party, This Day reports.
The group is the political machine of former national legal adviser of the All Progressives Congress (APC), muiz Banire. This was contained in statement signed by the group’s national coordinator, Niyi Akinsiju.
The UAC commended “the former governor for turning this new leaf. his new embrace of the true values of internal democracy.”
The group, however, regretted that “Whilst to a large extent, other parties have substantially been complying with this democratic best practice, it has not been the culture of APC leadership in Lagos state to allow unfettered primary election to be held in choosing the party’s candidates.
“However, UAC believes that it is not yet Uhuru as there is a huge difference between the pronouncement and actually conducting a credible primary which is the reason why we advise more vigilance on the part of the members of the party and the general public who are supposed to benefit from effective enthronement of democracy in our society.”
The group insisted that as prerequisites to the conduct of direct primaries in the Lagos APC, the party must have a “credible and updated membership register.
‘’This must be displayed well ahead of the primaries. Aspirants must agree on the integrity of the register before its use.
‘’Venues for primaries must be publicised and known to all and officials that will conduct and manage the process must be neutral, independent and acceptable to all aspirants.”
It said it is only upon the “fulfillment of these conditions that a credible primary can be said to have taken place otherwise it would constitute a shameful sham. We, as a group, shall continue to monitor the process and raise the red flag whenever we deemed necessary.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that he national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, disclosed that the party would adopt the direct primaries to pick candidates for several elective offices in the 2019 general election in Lagos state.
Tinubu said this when he addressed stakeholders held at the party’s secretariat on Acme Road, Ogba, Lagos.
According to the report, Tinubu also commended the party for registering more members ahead of the direct primaries.
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