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Why APC chose direct primary instead of indirect - Oshiomhole

Why APC chose direct primary instead of indirect - Oshiomhole

- Adams Oshiomhole said the APC adopted direct primaries to boost internal democracy

- According to him, this will reduce the corruption and manipulation associated with the delegates system

- He added that this will reduce the post primary crises in the party

The national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, on Monday, September 3, said the party opted for the direct primary for the selection of its candidates for 2019 elections to boost internal democracy.

Oshiomhole, in an interview with The Nation, said the decision to conduct direct primaries will reduce the huge post primary crises that the party had experienced in the past.

He said: “Party members are complaining that they have no role to play in the party, except voting during the general elections, like other members of the public.

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“We also note that direct primary is free from the vices associated with the indirect primary. Direct primary cannot be manipulated. It is not prone to corruption.

“We want to grow democracy. We want the party members to have ownership of the party. We want to give our members a sense of belonging."

He added that while governors are against the system, federal lawmakers are rooting for it.

Oshiomhole said: “The governors who have commissioners, special advisers, SSAs, and local government chairmen are still afraid of direct primary. But, senators are rooting for it. Some senators are not in the good book of their governors. But, they can win at the direct primary if they are in the good book of their people in the party.”

Legit.ng gathers that Oshiomhole, however, said that while direct primary will be used for the presidential nomination, it can still be reviewed for other layers of shadow elections at the state and federal levels, in consideration of the peculiarities of the state chapters.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng earlier reported that some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) met in Abuja, just a few hours after the party leadership warned against the convening of the meeting.

Yekini Nabena, the party's acting national publicity secretary, had issued a statement in which he drew the attention to what he described as an illegal meeting scheduled to be held on Sunday, September 3, in Abuja by some party members.

In the statement, Nabena had said that the meeting was aimed at decrying the decisions made by the party regarding the modus operandi for the primaries to elect candidates ahead of 2019.

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Source: Legit.ng

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