APC NWC, Caucus Decide Mode Of Primaries On Tuesday
The National Working Committee (NWC) and National Caucus of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will meet separately on Tuesday to decide on the mode of elections for the forthcoming Presidential, Senate, House of Representatives, Governorship and State House of Assembly Primaries.
The Acting APC National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, confirmed that the two meetings would hold ahead of the meeting of the party’s second highest decision making organ, National Executive Committee (NEC) on Thursday.
He, however, declined to speak on the agenda of the meetings. “When we get there, we will know the agenda. Let’s meet, first of all, so that you will have full information,” Nabena said after revealing that the NEC meeting was shifted to Thursday from Wednesday because of Federal Executive Council (FEC).
But party sources said the NWC would have to agree on the mode of elections to be adopted at the primaries as party members were divided on the issue.
“Apart from the timetable for primaries, the modes of election either direct or indirect primaries will come up. Those are the issues the party is dealing with now,” an informed party source said on Monday.
Bounce News gathered that governors of the party and state chairmen are opposed to direct primaries.
However, other leaders in the party, including members of the National Assembly, have opted for direct primary because, in their view, it will give members a say on the choice of candidates.
There were fears that the desire for indirect primaries by the governors was designed to give them total control and to determine those who will be candidates for various elective posts.
The source in the party, who spoke in confidence, said: “There is a fresh challenge in the party because the governors are opposed to direct primaries. Some of them seeking second term in office want indirect primaries to make it easier to get the ticket.
“A few others completing second term prefer indirect primaries to be able to impose their favourites as candidates for various elective offices.
“The governors, who have influenced state chairmen of the party, are claiming that the time is too short for direct primaries. They are also nursing fears that direct primaries could lead to crises, including violent primaries.”
The APC, under John Odigie-Oyegun-led NWC, had been adopting the indirect system to produce the party’s candidates for elections, before the coming of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, who believed that direct system would curb the excesses of money bags politicians.
Oshiomhole on July 17 highlighted the benefits of direct primaries.
He said: “We have decided that in order to ensure popular participation, and to deepen democracy in Osun State, in-line with the provision of our party constitution, which allows for either direct or indirect primary, we have resolved that the governorship election primary in Osun State will be conducted on the basis of direct primary.