- Hyacinth Enuha, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in Delta state says the party embarked on membership registration exercise because of direct primaries
- He said the party opted for direct primaries to discouraged the financial inducement of delegates by deep pocket politicians
- Enuha said it would be difficult to bribe the entire members of the party at any level
Following the move by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to begin registration of new members and revalidation of old members across Nigeria, a member of the party in Delta state, Hyacinth Enuha, says the party embarked on the excercise because of the coming primaries.
He disclosed this on Thursday, August 23, while playing host to an aspirant for the state House of Assembly seat for Aniocha South constituency, Victor Sorokwu in Ogwashi-Uku .
He said the membership registration exercise will be used to conduct direct primaries where candidates of the party would emerge for the 2019 general election.
He said the party opted for direct primaries to discouraged the financial inducement of delegates by deep pocket politicians, The Sun reports.
“After the registration, permanent membership cards will be issued which will be the voting cards for the direct primaries. There will be no more issues of locking delegates in hotel rooms, feed them for three days and induce them with lots of money to vote for a particular person.
“It will be difficult to bribe the entire members of the party at any level. So an aspirant does not need to have so much millions to emerge as candidate. What needs to be done is for the aspirants to mobilise the grassroots and convince them to vote for him or her.
“The direct primary is a popularity contest because the people know who they want,” he said.
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NAIJ.com had reported that more Nigerians can now join the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the National Working Committee of the party ordered the immediate recommencement of the Continuous Nationwide Membership Registration in all 36 States and the Federal Capital Territory.
The decision, according to the party was taken in response to calls from members of the public interested in joining the APC to support the change agenda of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
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