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APC primaries: Governors kick against conditions for consensus candidature

APC primaries: Governors kick against conditions for consensus candidature

- Some of the APC governors have reportedly threatened to cut off funding for the party

- The governors’ threat came after the party gave conditions for the use of consensus option in the adoption of candidates

- The national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, however, reacted to the seeming threat of the governors to cut off funding

A few numbers of the All Progressives Congress governors have expressed dissatisfaction over the the party’s determination to use the direct primaries method in the selection of candidates for the forthcoming general elections.

The governors while reacting to the conditions given by the APC to use consensus option in the adoption of candidates, threatened to cut off funding for the party.

Vanguard reports that the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, however, noted the seeming threat of the governors to cut off funding as reasons for the high cost of the nomination forms.

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Oshiomhole claimed that it was tidier and would minimise the corruption that was prevalent in the indirect or delegate system.

He said: “Party sources said the move by a few of the governors, especially in the north west and north east, was another tricky method of imposing candidates. When they say consensus, we know what they mean.

“We have been in the system for long, and it was very easy for us to see through them. What some of them are calling consensus is intimidation by another name.

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“They intimidate others out of the race in order to pave the way for their preferred candidates, and then they label it a consensus. What manner of consensus do you do with less than half of the aspirants and other stakeholders in attendance? The new APC leadership will not accept such imposition through the back door.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the national leadership of the ruling APC issued a warning to its state chapters as it gives the only condition for the adoption of consensus candidates ahead of the primary elections of the party.

Yekini Nabena, the APC’s acting national publicity secretary, said the state chapters could only adopt a consensus where no other aspirant purchases the expression of interest form.

The statement read: “The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to announcements of consensus candidates for elective positions in some states.“

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Source: Legit.ng

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