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- The APC national chairman says all the decisions reached would be further deliberated at the party's NEC meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 30
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has pledged to ensure compliance with the electoral guidelines, fairness and justice as well as observe all the principles of internal democracy while conducting its forthcoming party primaries.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the national chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, gave the assurance when he spoke to correspondents at the end of the APC caucus meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, in the night of Tuesday, August 28..
The report said Oshiomhole confirmed that the meeting discussed the upcoming party primaries based on the Timetable and Schedule of Activities for the 2019 general elections as released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in January.
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Oshiohmole said the APC is obliged to comply with the INEC guidelines because the rules are derived from the provisions of the nation’s electoral act.
“The meeting just had a conversation around the forthcoming primaries.
“As you know, based on INEC timetable on primaries, this is the season from the President down to House of Assembly and the exercise must end on October 7, according to INEC guidelines.
“We are obliged to comply with the guidelines because the guidelines are derived from the provisions of the electoral act.
“So, we basically discussed how to ensure full compliance with the INEC guidelines and also ensure that that we observe all the principles of internal democracy, participation, ensuring fairness and justice.
“I think those are the issues basically,’’ he said, maintaining that APC, as the governing party, had since resolved to respect the electoral act and the APC’s constitution while conducting its activities to ensure justice for all members.
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Oshiomhole further announced that the resolutions at the APC caucus meeting would be tabled at the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party fixed for Thursday, August 30, for deliberation and possible endorsement.
“By Thursday we will go to NEC where the formal decisions will be rectified and once they are rectified there will be no problem; they are not being kept because every member of the party and indeed Nigerian are entitled to know how we agreed about the exercise.
“But I think everybody has confidence that we will do very credible primaries to ensure that those who fly the flag of the party have the mandate of their various constituencies,’’ Oshiomhole said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Ahead of the meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), reports indicated that the party’s leadership, headed by Adams Oshiomhole, may have shut its doors on automatic tickets against non-performing governors on its platform.
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