Reports indicate that aspirants on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are currently confused over the way the party’s primaries would be implemented in the various states ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Daily Sun reports that the national leadership of the party is yet to inaugurate primaries committee for the states and this is drawing some concerns.
According to the report, the situation is complicated by the fact that most of the state party chapter chairmen left the national secretariat of the party recently grumbling over the directive by the national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, that they should source for fund and bankroll the primaries.
The report quoted a governor as expressing confidence that the action of the national leadership is condemnable.
The governor reportedly said it is wrong to compel the state executive to shoulder the financial responsibilities of the primaries after collecting so much from the aspirants through the purchase of expression of interest and nomination forms.
“The reality on ground is that most states especially the ones without a sitting governor, are facing serious financial challenges.
“We all left the national secretariat on Wednesday disappointed when the national chairman told us to go and conduct the primaries with giving us any dime.
“It is wrong for the national chairman to give us such directive without any financial assistance. The implication is that many of us would have to depend on the generosity of the aspirants to conduct the primaries,” a state chapter party chairman lamented.
The report further quoted an aspirant from the Cross River as saying they are now left confused over the directive from the national leadership.
“There is confusion in every state. Whether it is deliberate, it is difficult to say.
"Our concern is that some of us will travel by road as long as five hours from the Calabar airport to our senatorial zones, yet as at Thursday evening, we don’t know whether the primaries is still going on this weekend or not. We are really in limbo,” the aspirant said.
Legit.ng earlier reported that the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday, August 30, adopted the direct primary method for the selection of its presidential candidate, while states would be allowed to choose which of the methods best suits their peculiarities.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) also reportedly said its direct primaries system remains the best democratic process for the adoption of its flag-bearer in preparation for the coming general elections.
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