- A group of 37 governorship aspirants on the platform of the APC said they supported the party's decision to use indirect primaries for the November 16 governorship election
- The group expressed shock over the action of some other aspirants who are opposed to the indirect primaries
- The 37 aspirants vowed to resist, legally, any attempt to impose "expensive and unworkable direct primaries" on Kogi APC
About 37 governorship aspirants of the All Progressives Congress on Thursday, July 11, stormed the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress(APC) in Abuja to declare support for indirect primary.
About 20 aspirants had earlier on Monday, July 8, protested against the party’s decision.
Speaking under the aegis of the Coalition of Kogi APC aspirants, the coalition said they were shocked by the opposition to the indirect primaries ordered by the National Working Committee of the party.
According to a statement made available to Legit.ng, the chairman of the coalition, Amade Edime, said the group of 20 aspirants were unknown to the party and could not make decisions for it
“Even the NWC itself cannot claim to have run into them at any of the many programs held by APC Kogi since 2015. Yet they were hosted in the hallowed Chambers of our National Secretariat and granted the audience.
“We are shocked because some of the individuals who came here as aspirants seeking the party’s ticket were openly working for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party up to the last round of elections just three months ago.
“It is also clear to anybody who is on the ground in Kogi State that the real aim of their so-called aspirations is to destabilise the party from within as we go into the 2019 Kogi State Governorship Election,” Edime said.
The coalition said the use of indirect primaries is not strange to the Kogi state APC.
Edime continued in the statement: “It must be stressed that historically, the APC in Kogi state had always adopted indirect primaries and it has always worked for her. In 2015, indirect primaries produced the Late Prince Abubakar Audu (may his soul rest in peace).
"In 2019, indirect primaries gave us two out of three Senators, seven out of nine House of Representatives members and 25 out of 25 State House of Assembly. Why do they want to change a winning formula so late in the game, if they do not have sinister intentions?
“The closest thing to direct primaries we ever tried in Kogi APC was the recall exercise for the Senator for Kogi West, who decamped to the opposition after being elected on our ticket. That recall exercise failed. Should we not, therefore, suspect the motive of persons who want to force the volatile direct primaries on us?
“As young and loyal aspirants we stand unshakably for the indirect primaries earlier approved for us by our party. Neither NEC nor even the NWC has issued a contrary directive to any state branch after the adoption and approval of modes of primaries.
"Guided by the foregoing many of us here have gone to great costs in engaging delegates and it is absolutely unacceptable for anyone to move the goalpost now. Let it be known that we will go to every legal extent to resist any attempt to single Kogi APC out for the imposition of the expensive and unworkable direct primaries."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a group within the APC, Advocates for Integrity in Politics (AIP), called on the party to be weary of some governorship aspirants in Kogi state.
AIP specifically warned the party against associating with Vice Admiral Admiral Jubril Usman (rtd), alleging that he is out to discredit the party. P
The group said the former naval chief should not be giving the ticket of the party, accusing him of using the APC as a front to hide from the criminal charges levied against him by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
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