- The APC in Borno says they adopting the decision of the NWC of the party on indirect primaries to some states
- Members of the Senate and the House of Representatives in Borno support indirect primaries
- The chairman of APC in the state, Bukar Dalori, says the party’s NWC already gives latitude for indirect primaries
The Borno chapter of the All progressives Congress (APC) has declared it is adopting the indirect primaries as against the decision of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) for a direct exercise ahead of the 2019 general elections.
According to the APC in Borno, the system best suits the state’s peculiarities.
Daily Sun reports that the decision of the state chapter was reached at a meeting of critical stakeholders of the party in Maiduguri on Tuesday, September 4.
The report quoted the chairman of APC in the state, Bukar Dalori, as saying the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) had given the state chapters the latitude to choose either direct or indirect primaries.
“These are the critical stakeholders of our party in Borno state and the position of the state working committee is the use of indirect primaries,” Dalori said.
The report also quoted the leader of the House of Representatives, Borno caucus, Mohammed Tahir Monguno, as saying his group was in support of the decision of the stakeholders.
On his party, Abubar Kyari, who represents Borno North in the Senate, said: “We don’t even have authentic lists of party members now, because of the displacement of many of our people. So, it will be difficult for anybody to use direct primaries. The indirect system is cheaper and less difficult for us.”
Senator Ali Ndume, another senior lawmaker from the state, reportedly moved the motion for the adoption of the stakeholders’ decision.
The motion was supported by Asabe Villita, a House of Representatives member. The motion was endorsed through a ‘yes’ vote.
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NAIJ.com earlier reported that the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, on Monday, September 3, said the party opted for the direct primary for the selection of its candidates for 2019 elections to boost internal democracy.
Oshiomhole, in an interview with The Nation, said the decision to conduct direct primaries will reduce the huge post primary crises that the party had experienced in the past.
He said: “Party members are complaining that they have no role to play in the party, except voting during the general elections, like other members of the public.
“We also note that direct primary is free from the vices associated with the indirect primary. Direct primary cannot be manipulated. It is not prone to corruption.
“We want to grow democracy. We want the party members to have ownership of the party. We want to give our members a sense of belonging."
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