- The national leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) says consensus candidates can only be accepted where there are no other aspirants
- Yekini Nabena says the clarification becomes necessary because of the activities in some of the state chapters of the APC
- He says while the party's constitution provides for consensus candidates, the option is conditional
The national leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has issued a warning to its state chapters as it gives the only condition for the adoption of consensus candidates ahead of the primary elections of the party.
A statement obtained by NAIJ.com and signed by Yekini Nabena, the APC’s acting national publicity secretary, said the state chapters could only adopt a consensus where no other aspirant purchases the expression of interest form.
“The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to announcements of consensus candidates for elective positions in some states.
“It is therefore pertinent to make some clarifications to enlighten party faithful on the procedure for nominating candidates.
“While consensus is provided for by the party’s constitution, the option is conditional.
“Consensus does not foreclose direct or indirect primaries for all elective positions as contained in the resolution of the sixth meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC).
“Again, consensus will apply when no other aspirant signify interest (ie through purchase of nomination forms) for the position in question,” the statement said.
NAIJ.com earlier the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Yobe, on Thursday, September 6, gave the outgoing governor of the state, Ibrahim Gaidam, the sole powers to anoint his successor and contest for Senate ahead of the 2019 election.
The party’s members took the decision at meeting and agreed that its candidate for the 2019 governor election would neither be chosen through direct or indirect primaries.
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