Apc set to amend the constitution to accommodate direct primaries

The APC Chairman Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and other party
executives have concluded arrangements to amend the
constitution of the party to make the controversial direct primaries
mandatory in all elective positions. A reliable source disclosed this
in Abuja on Monday.
He stated that the Legal Adviser of the party, Ogala Babatunde, has
been instructed to make all necessary amendments to the clause
that bordered on the conduct of primaries at all levels.
He explained that the amendments would be presented to the
delegates during the presidential primary election slated for
October 6 for ratification, adding that this would eliminate
imposition of candidates and allow popular participation in the
process of selection of candidates. The constitution of the party
allows three options, indirect, direct and consensus methods, for
the conduct of primaries for all elective positions.
States that have adopted direct primaries include: Lagos, Niger,
Abia, Rivers, Anambra, Cross River and Akwa Ibom. Ogun and Edo
states adopted consensus.
However, the stand on whether to adopt direct primaries has
generated uproar in many states within the party.
Sources say those opposed to indirect primaries are relying on the
whims and caprices of the few people who control the party to
subvert the will of the people, as the process may begin and end
with vote buying.
They argue that the question of the legitimacy of the existing
executive and delegates is still subject to litigation; therefore,
subjecting them to election will amount to a nullity.
However, for those in support of indirect primaries, it may be
difficult to conduct direct primaries without a comprehensive
membership register, asides the issue of the system being
expensive and cumbersome.

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