2019: Crisis looms in APC as party insists on direct primary
There are indications that a fresh crisis is imminent in the All Progressives Congress over its forthcoming primaries.
The party on Friday said it would adopt the direct primary method for the selection of its candidates for all elections.
However, it was gathered that the party’s latest position would pit some governors against senators from their states.
There were reports that while governors preferred indirect primaries, the lawmakers were insisting on direct primaries.??
The direct method involves all registered members of the party voting for aspirants of their choice after which the aspirant with the highest number of votes will emerge as the party’s candidate for the election.
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The indirect method however requires only approved delegates who emerge from congresses at ward, local government and state levels voting for aspirants who will emerge as party’s candidate.
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It was learnt that the state governors preferred the indirect primary, hence the party’s position on Thursday that only the presidential primary would be done through direct primary. But, the National Publicity Secretary, APC, Yekini Nabena, at a press conference in Abuja, on Friday, said that contrary to some reports on Friday, all candidates would be chosen through direct primaries.