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Saturday, September 8, 2018

APC Governors Defy Party, Opt For Indirect Primaries

One after the other, state chapters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday announced their decision not to comply with the directive of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC).

The NEC, last week, had declared: “We wish to make the following clarifications on resolutions on mode of primary election. Primary elections into all elective offices shall be by direct primaries.
NEC resolved to adopt direct primaries for the nomination of the presidential candidate and all other primaries.”

But as the time of going to press, the chapters in Nasarawa, Plateau, Ogun, Borno, Kogi, Ondo, Kebbi, Bauchi and Kaduna had all indicated preference for the ‘direct’ opposite.

This was as the spokesman of the party, Yekini Nabena, insisted the decision of the NEC still subsists.

Giving an insight into why the option is the more suitable, the Plateau State chairman, Latep Dabang, said: “Indirect primary is more cost-effective than direct election.

The direct primaries involve a large movement of people from various polling units to the ward centre, to enable them to participate effectively, and that is going to cost a lot of money.

“Our main concern in Plateau is the issue of security.
We have been battling with a lot of security challenges here, and we believe that the indirect primaries will give us a smaller number of people to manage, and you will be able to get them to a location that security operatives will easily police.

“If you are having election going on in 207 wards in the state, there will be security threats and you cannot guarantee when the party primaries will begin and end, coupled with the attacks going on in quite a number of local government areas. We don’t want to put people’s lives at risk.”
His Ondo State counterpart, Ade Adetimehin, noted: “The state government is in dire need of all the money it can garner to boost its agricultural vision, educational programmes and infrastructural development.

It is, therefore, not convenient for the state to expend millions, if not billions of naira, on security and logistics in implementing the direct primaries.

Besides, there is hardly any state chapter that can boast of a comprehensive membership register. This makes conducting credible direct primaries a mirage.”

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Emmanuel Terfa Dzugu

Apc is a drowning party, everything about it is change from bad to worse.

Endy Edeson

@Terfa; I hope they resolve this internal disagreement

Jesse Osayande Vucinic Ehiagwina

Money money money money

That's the unifying factor in Nigerian politics

Endy Edeson

Jesse: Direct or Indirect Primaries, which do you prefer and why? It seems Direct primaries cost lot of money.

Jesse Osayande Vucinic Ehiagwina

Endy, I don't even care for any. Doesn't change much from what is on ground. Will that make them govern better? Will it bring better policies? All these internal squabbles is laughable and continues to be a show of ridiculousness

Rowaye Hayor Luqman

Direct primary is good as it strengthens the internal democracy, it really bring aspirant closer to the member of the party and it's allow the members to choose who they want to represent the party in different positions, the aspirant will have no choice than to move closer to the people to seek there vote, but for indirect primary, the delegates can easy be bought
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