We will not be pressured on indirect primaries – APC

The governing All Progressives Congress (APC) on
Thursday said it will not succumb to pressure from governors
elected on its platform and their state chairmen to accept indirect
primaries as means of electing candidates who will fly the party’s
flag in 2019 election.
There is a deep division in the party between those who favour
direct primaries preferred by President Muhammadu Buhari,
Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the party’s National Chairman and
Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, a National Leader of the party and head of its
reconciliation committee and most of the governors led by
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and head of the APC
Governors’ Forum, who prefer indirect primaries.
Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), Chairman of the Presidential Advisory
Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), had also advised the party
leadership to concede to the governors’ demand, saying the party
cannot afford to go to war with the state governors who are critical
stakeholders in the party with just few weeks to the general
election.
However, speaking with Daily Independent on Thursday, Yekini
Nabena, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, said the party is
still holding on to the decision reached at the last National
Executive Council (NEC) meeting.
“No, we have not yielded to the governors on indirect primaries.
The states will go and bring their reports and the National Working
Committee will take a look at it.
“We will want to know why they want indirect primary instead of
the direct primary that we decided upon. Because it is only when
there is logistics challenges like we agreed on at the NEC meeting.
“Not that people will just go and do a kangaroo meeting and come
to say that they have agreed on indirect primaries. The NWC will
take a critical look at it with the State Executive Committee before
accepting”, he said.
Also speaking, Prince Tony Momoh, a former Minister of
Information and a National Leader of the APC, said there is no war
between the governors and the APC leadership over the use of
direct primaries.
He said, “There is no pressure or any war. There is no problem.
People are just interpreting the issue in different ways.
“Let me tell you what was decided at the NEC meeting. We said we
are going to have direct primaries for the presidential election and
we also said that we are going to have direct primaries for all other
elections unless where, because of the issue, indirect primary
takes place.
“For us to accept indirect primary, the stakeholders within the area
where indirect primary will take place will meet and decide that
they want indirect primary. They will then write to the National
Working Committee (NWC) which will now approve it.
“If the governors or state chairmen are holding meetings, they are
not plotting against the party. They will be holding meeting to
decide why it should not be direct primary. Because the state
chairmen are stakeholders, if they decide why it should not be
direct primary, they will package their decisions and send to the
headquarters. Then the headquarters will look at and say okay, you
can have indirect primary.
“There is no threat from the governors to Oshiomhole. Why should
they threaten him? They are loyal members of the party and the
governors are the ones who are in charge of the states. They are
the ones who know where the shoe pinches. They are the ones
who will advise why there shouldn’t be direct primaries in their
states. So, how can they decide if there will be no indirect
primaries without meeting with the stakeholders

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  1. ok good update

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