Anambra 2021: APC Adopts Direct Primaries, Gives Reasons

Anambra 2021: APC Adopts Direct Primaries, Gives Reasons

  • The Anambra chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has reportedly adopted a direct mode of primary to pick its governorship candidate
  • The Independent National Electoral Commission has fixed November 6, for the conduct of the election in the state
  • According to the report, the decision was to comply with the COVID-19 protocols issued by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control

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Ahead of its preparation to pick its standard-bearer for the November 6 governorship election in Anambra, the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has announced readiness to conduct a direct mode of primaries for its aspirants.

Daily Sun exclusively reports that sources close to the state chapter said in Abuja on Thursday, June 10, that the choice of a direct mode of primaries is to ensure that a large number of party members did not congregate in violation of COVID-19 protocol.

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APC reportedly says it will use direct primaries to pick its candidate.
The leadership of the APC has reportedly settled for direct primaries to pick its candidate ahead of the Anambra poll. Credit: APC Nigeria.
Source: Facebook gathered that the sources also noted that the national leadership of the party would use the newly updated membership register to serve as the electorate on the June 26 primaries.

The sources were quoted to have said:

“I can inform you authoritatively that we have settled for a direct mode of primary and we have also communicated the national leadership of the party accordingly. We opted for direct because of the COVID-19 protocol. We want to avoid a situation of many people congregating in violation of the COVID-19 protocol.
"All the electorate will cast their votes in their local governments. We opted out of indirect because we want to avoid assembling a large number of people as delegates. Direct primary experimented during Edo primaries and it worked perfectly well. We have settled for it.”

The report added that the source maintained that the register from the recently concluded membership registration and revalidation exercise would be used for the exercise.

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APC will pick best candidate through direct primary

The Nation also reports that stakeholders have proffered a direct mode of primaries for choosing the party’s standard-bearer in the forthcoming Anambra election.

The group’s coordinator, Ikenga Dozie Ikedife and eight other chieftains said the body settled for the direct mode of primaries due to the seeming uncertainty with the current caretaker status of the party’s executive from the ward, local government, state, zonal and national levels.

Zoning is inevitable in 2023

Meanwhile, had previously reported that a former national chairman of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, reacted to the comment made by President Muhammadu Buhari on how his successor would emerge in 2023.

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It was reported that the APC chieftain said the 'gentle man' arrangement by the leaders of the party on a zoning system must be respected in electing the party's presidential candidate in 2023.

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Oyegun noted that politics is about inclusiveness, adding that no area of the country should be alienated in running the affairs of the country.

He added that every part of the great country should be given a sense of belonging in terms of appointive and elective office.


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