- An APC presidential aspirant, SKC Ogbonnia, has threatened to sue the ruling party over the mode of its primaries
- Ogbonnia gave the party two days to respond; saying he may sue the party if it did not do so at the expiration of the time frame
- He also faulted the media for placing the spotlight on President Muhammadu Buhari and leaving out the other presidential contenders
A presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Party (APC), SKC Ogbonnia, has threatened to sue the ruling party over its mode of primaries for the 2019 elections.
In a chat with Premium Times, the aspirant disclosed that he has written to the APC’s national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, asking him to void direct primaries.
NAIJ.com gathers that Ogbonnia gave the party two days to respond to the letter; saying he may sue the party if it did not do so at the expiration of the time frame.
He said: “I sent a letter to Oshiomhole to see if they can void the direct primaries because I believe at the indirect primaries, we’ll be able to speak. Buhari will speak and I will speak and the nation will listen to two of us.
“I’m waiting for a response. They have two days to respond to me and if they don’t respond, I may go to court. The direct primary is more democratic but if you do direct primaries for the presidential race, it’s not free and fair.”
He also faulted the media for placing the spotlight on President Muhammadu Buhari and leaving out the other presidential contenders.
He said: “The press could have echoed the opponents of Buhari to make this thing somehow competitive but each time the press wants to write, they act like no other person exists. Our democracy is not going to develop if we are only promoting the incumbent.
“If the press were really promoting everybody, it would have been competitive – where Buhari’s people will be bringing out all the money they’ve been piling. But right now, they’re not spending any money whatsoever on the primaries because the press has determined that there is no competition.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the All Progressives Congress had fixed a date for its presidential primaries to elect a candidate for the 2019 presidential election.
The party's national working committee said the primaries for the ruling party would take place on Thursday, September 20.
The party, in its guidelines for the conduct of the process, said the presidential candidate would emerge through direct primary.
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