The main headlines for mainstream newspapers today, Friday, August 31, are focused on the APC’s decision to adopt both direct and indirect primaries for candidates for the 2019 elections and other
To kick things off, Punch is reporting that the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s National Executive Committee (NEC) has adopted the direct primary method for the selection of its presidential candidate.
The NEC took this position as part of its resolutions, following its Thursday, August 30, meeting in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The committee also agreed that states should adopt the mode of primary that best suits their peculiarities from among the methods specified in the party’s constitution. It however stated that states which choose to adopt the direct primary method should notify the national secretariat in writing, before doing so.
Still on the resolutions from the APC’s NEC, Vanguard is reporting that the ruling party has opted for a combination of both the direct and indirect primary election as the mode of choosing its candidates for the 2019 general elections
The publication points out that while the party adopted the direct primary system for choosing its presidential candidate, it has decided that states would be free to use direct or indirect primaries for other positions.
The NEC’s decision was made known to newsmen by the governor of Plateau state, Simon Lalong.
Noticeably absent at the NEC meeting, however, was speaker of the House of Assembly, Yakubu Dogara, who is also a member of the committee.
The Nation is also towing the path of the two previous publications, with its focus also on the resolutions of the APC’s National Executive Committee.
The paper reports that the party will pick its presidential candidate through direct primary at a date to be announced later. According to the NEC, candidates for other positions – governors, national and state assemblies – are to be picked through indirect primary or delegates system.
In a direct primary, all bona fide party members would be able to pick the eventual candidate.
Rounding things off, This Day is also reporting that Senate president Bukola Saraki on Thursday declared his interest for the country’s presidency after months of consultations.
He said he would be contesting on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), which he returned to last month from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Saraki made his declaration in Abuja at a dialogue with young aspirants in the PDP, saying he decided to throw his hat into the ring following pressure from the nation’s teeming youth who had asked him to run for president.
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