- APC governors and state chairman are against direct primary election
- Other leaders of the party, however, believe the direct primaries are inclusive and better than indirect
- The party's National Executive Committee is expected to make the final decision on Thursday, August 30
Some governors and state chairmen of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have demanded for the indirect primaries while members of the National Assembly, and party stakeholders have opted for direct primaries.
Those who opted for direct primaries said because, in their view, it will give members a say on the choice of their representatives.
The Nation reports that there were fears that the desire for indirect primaries by the governors was designed to give them “total” control and to determine those who will be candidates for various elective posts.
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A source in the party reportedly said: “There is a fresh challenge in the party because the governors are opposed to direct primaries. Some of them seeking second term in office want indirect primaries to make it easier to get the ticket.
“A few others completing second term prefer indirect primaries to be able to impose their favourites as candidates for various elective offices.
“The governors, who have influenced state chairmen of the party, are claiming that the time is too short for direct primaries. They are also nursing fears that direct primaries could lead to crises, including violent primaries."
Many senators, members of the House of Representatives and Houses of Assembly and governorship aspirants are reportedly worried that the governors have been scheming for indirect primaries “to hijack the process.”
A senator said: “The governors are out to seize the process and give tickets to their cronies. To get quality candidates for 2019 polls, we have to check these governors who want to determine those to be APC flag bearers.
“Most leaders of the party have opted for direct primaries in view of the huge success the model recorded in Osun state.
“Popular candidates were not given the opportunity to emerge in the past because the indirect primaries were turned to merchandise.
“Like the leadership of the party said, it will ensure participation of all registered members. It will be a departure of what obtained in the past, which was monetised. We will resist any plot by the governors to insist on indirect primaries. We learnt that they have forced the state chairmen to adopt indirect primaries.”
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However, the chairman and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) have left the final decision to the National Executive Committee (NEC), which will meet on Thursday in Abuja.
APC acting national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena, said: “All these issues will be tabled at the NEC meeting. Why not wait till after the meeting on Thursday?”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that the APC accused Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of leaking information on its Congresses and Primary elections submitted to the commission.
The party made the allegation in a statement issued by its national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena, on Friday, August 24, in Abuja.
It said that there was need for INEC to look into its internal handling of official correspondence in order to put a stop to such leaks.
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