- The Lagos state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) says its stance on direct primaries has not changed
- The party's assistant spokesman, Abiodun Salami, gave a firm assurance that the exercise would not fail in the Lagos state APC
- He said the Lagos state chapter had agreed on the direct primary at its recent stakeholders’ meeting
The Lagos state chapter of the APC, on Thursday, September 6, stated that its decision to elect its candidates for the 2019 general elections through direct primaries had not changed.
The assistant spokesman of the party in the state, Abiodun Salami, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
Salami was reacting to the resolutions of Wednesday’s meetings in some states, where some chapters of the party opted to use direct primary, while others agreed on indirect primary.
APC members in Ondo state, Nasarawa, Zamfara, Plateau and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) adopted the indirect primary at the end their meetings.
Kano state chapter, however, adopted the direct primary system, while Ogun and Kebbi chapters opted for selection by consensus.
The national leadership of the party had earlier adopted the direct system for use in its upcoming presidential primary.
Salami said the Lagos state chapter had agreed on the direct primary at its recent stakeholders’ meeting, adding that the resolution had not been rescinded.
“We recently had our stakeholders’ meeting which had in attendance our leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and other party leaders and members, and we agreed on direct primary. We have also had subsequent meetings and we have upheld the use of the system. So ,our position has not changed.
“We are committed to internal democracy and we believe the direct primary would ensure transparency in the selection of our candidates," he said.
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He, however, urged all members to register to get their party membership cards, saying the possession of the card would make them eligible to participate in the primary elections. He said the chapter was stepping up its preparations for the primary elections, giving assurance that the exercise would not fail.
Meanwhile, the Ogun West Elders Forum have endorsed the aspiration of Honourable Adekunle Akinlade and endorsed him as their governorship candidate on the platform of the APC in the 2019 general elections.
Mohammed Olagbayi made the announcement on behalf of the forum on Wednesday, September 5, after a closed-door meeting which lasted for hours at the residence of the late Poju Adeyemi in the state.
Akinlade, popularly known as Triple-A, was picked to succeed Governor Ibikunle Amosun in the presence of party executives, elders, and other aspirants in the zone.