- The decision of the APC National Working Committee(NWC) on method of primaries in the FCT has been hailed
- The campaign organisation of one of the aspirants in the election frowned at efforts to get the party's leadership to reverse itself
- The leadership of the party had directed that primaries into all elective offices in the FCT should hold through the direct method
Professor Al-Mustapha Usiju Medaner campaign organisation has hailed the All Progressives Congress (APC) decision on the method of primaries to be adopted in the Federal Capital Territory.
The organisation, however, frowned at efforts by some stakeholders of the party to get the party's leadership to reverse itself on the decision.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng by a representative of the organisation, Umar Mahmud, the group decried frantic efforts by some stakeholders of the APC in the FCT to change the decision of the party's NWC to the effect that primaries into all elective offices in the territory are to hold through the direct method, by allowing all card carrying members of the party to partake in the exercise.
Part of the statement read: “To our greatest surprise, after the committee constituted by the NWC to conduct the primaries for both the Senate and the House of Representatives arrived at the party's secretariat in the territory for a meeting with all the relevant stakeholders and aspirants, some stakeholders made frantic efforts to change the method of the primaries already approved by the NWC through a resolution.
“Our understanding of the meeting was that it was an avenue for the electoral committee to inform the state party officials, stakeholders and aspirants of their arrival and readiness for the conduct of the primaries.
“It is also on record that Mr President and Commander in Chief, President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the governor of the FCT by virtue of the constitution, moved for the direct primaries in the FCT.
“We want to make it clear that nobody has any power to change the mode of primaries as approved by the NWC in its resolution, except the same NWC sits down to reverse its earlier resolution.
“Again, we understand that some people are already citing the issue of insecurity as their reason for suggesting indirect primaries. But we want to make it abundantly and evidently clear that there is no issue of insecurity whatsoever in the territory. Elections had been held successfully in the past within the FCT, and there was no time any issue of insecurity was reported.”
The statement noted that on Wednesday, October 3, the day set aside by the NWC for senatorial primaries in the FCT, “thousands of APC members came out en mass to exercise their franchise through the direct primaries,” adding, “only for some people to kick against the commencement of the process.”
“We view this as a flagrant disobedience to the president, the APC NWC and an undemocratic move,” the group said.
They cited the case of Kogi central senatorial district during the 2015 general elections where the court quashed an election won by the APC due to non-adherence to an approved mode of primaries.
“We fear that a similar fate may befall our party after the conduct of the elections as members of the opposition are watching keenly to see where we would err so they can capitalise on that,” the statement concluded.
Meanwhile, an aspirant for Yobe state governorship ticket on the platform of the APC, Mallam Umar Ali, has kicked against the result of the primary election held at the weekend in the state.
At the end of the election held at Damaturu, the state capital, APC’s national secretary, Mai Mala Buni, was declared winner of the poll.
In a statement sent to journalists on Wednesday, October 3, by his campaign office, Ali said he was rejecting the results after a review of “overwhelming evidences pointing to manipulation of the process.”
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