Contrary to reports in the media that the APC has singled out the Presidential primaries as one that will be done directly, the party’s Acting Spokesman, Yekini Nabena has clarified the confusions trailing the announcement.
The APC previously agreed to conduct “indirect” primaries for its elective positions except the Presidency but has also decided to use direct primaries for all the positions being vied for.
The decision was made at August 30th NEC Meeting of the party at Abuja.
“The constitution of the party provides for either direct, indirect or consensus but for the presidential election we all agreed that we will adopt direct primaries for the presidential election,” Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong was quoted to have said.
But Nabena told journalists on Friday that on the contrary, the party NEC resolved to use direct primary in all cases.
He added that states who prefer indirect primaries would be allowed to take a decision on it.
Nabena said: “The 30th August 2018 resolution of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Executive Committee (NEC) on the mode of primary election has been subject to inference and misleading interpretations.
“As an update to the earlier released statement, we wish to make the following clarifications on NEC’s 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.
“The party’s constitution though provides for indirect election and consensus, however, the use of indirect primaries is conditional and dependent on logistic impediments, peculiarities and need of a given state that makes it unable to use direct primaries.”
He said for states that want to go for indirect primaries, the state executive committee (SEC) of the party shall in consult with aspirants and other critical stakeholders to seek the national working committee’s (NWC) approval to adopt it.
“The adopted mode shall now be applied to all categories of the party’s primary elections i.e. state assembly, senate, house of representatives and for the governorship elections,” he said.
“Direct primaries will, among others, ensure fairness, create a level playing ground for contestants, eliminate corrupt tendencies usually associated with the delegates system and ultimately ensure full participation of party members at all levels.”