APC chooses Primary Election Modes at State and National Levels
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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has approved the use of indirect primaries at the state levels of party’s primaries, and direct primaries at the national level.
The declaration was made on Thursday during its National Executive Committee (NEC).
The meeting had in attendance Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, Senate Majority Leader, Ahmed Lawan, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, governors on the platform of the ruling APC. Other chieftains of the party and new party members like Godswill Akpabio, were also in attendance.
The decision was taken at the 6th national executive committee (NEC) meeting of the party in Abuja on Thursday.
Simon Lalong, governor of Plateau state, told reporters that states may consider direct primary when the need rises.
WHAT IS INDIRECT PRIMARY?
Indirect primary election is when delegates choose the party’s candidate as against when interested members of the party vote for a candidate.
The issue of the primary had left stakeholders of the party divided, with some federal lawmakers threatening to pull out of the ruling party if it adopts direct primary.
Adams Oshiomhole, national chairman of the APC, had hinted that a decision would be taken on direct or indirect primary at the NEC meeting.
He gave the hint after a caucus meeting of the party at the presidential villa on Tuesday.
“By Thursday (today) we will go to NEC where the formal decisions will be ratified and once they are ratified there will be no problem; they are not being kept (secret) because every member of the party and indeed Nigerians are entitled to know how we agreed about the exercise.
“But I think everybody has confidence that we will do a very credible primaries to ensure that those who fly the flag of the party have the mandate of their various constituencies.”