The national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has reportedly revealed that the party would adopt the direct primaries to pick candidates for several elective offices in the 2019 general election in Lagos state.
Daily Sun reports that Tinubu said this when he addressed stakeholders held at the party’s secretariat on Acme Road, Ogba, Lagos.
According to the report, Tinubu also commended the party for registering more members ahead of the direct primaries.
The party had tested the process in the recent primaries held in Osun for the state’s forthcoming governorship election.
“We appeal to all our members to update the membership registration and embrace the direct primary that has just been introduced and adopted by our party.
“We are committed to our party; we are committed to the values of the party; we see direct primary as President Muhammadu Buhari’s anti-corruption and internal democracy revolution.
“We are going to embrace that the party is going back to the owners of the party and that is you, the people.
“It is not we the few; it is we the people. We have embraced democracy and you have your decisions to be made, but, you have to be members of our party in the first place.
“We reiterate the fact that APC in Lagos State is intact. There is no division. I’ve heard some people conspiring to present a situation of division in the party in Lagos, but, let me assure you that it is just the coming together of adversaries, which will have no effect on the party,” Tinubu said as he congratulated the party for the victory recorded in recent elections in Bauchi, Katsina and Kogi states.
On his part, the governor of Lagos state, Akinwunmi Ambode, commended Tinubu for kick-starting the revolution for direct primaries.
He noted that the process would go a long way to deepen democracy in the country.
“There is no better time to appreciate our national leader (Tinubu) than now. What we have just witnessed is the beginning of a revolution about the deepening of democracy in Nigeria.
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“People might not understand what is going on, but, we are giving power to the people and it is starting from APC.
“So, we want to collectively say a big thank you to Asiwaju for championing this silent revolution and it is very simple; what we are saying is that if we know that Lagos state is truly controlled by APC, we would champion a revolution that has never been witnessed before in this country and that means each member of our great party will now determine who becomes the President of this country,” he said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the All Progressives Congress (APC) adopted direct primaries for the emergence of its candidate for the gubernatorial election holding in Osun state on September 22.
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