Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Hadi Ametuo-led Kogi state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has resolved to adopt direct election for the forthcoming primary election in August, ahead of the November 16 gubernatorial election in the state.
The party took the decision on Monday in Lokoja the state capital at a meeting attended by the party executives and stakeholders.
Recall that a faction of the party loyal to the state governor, Yahaya Bello; on Saturday, declared to adopt indirect election for the party’s primary election.
Speaking to the press immediately after the meeting,the state chairman of the APC, Hadi Emetuo, the said:
“The executives of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kogi state has just risen from a meeting and unanimously adopted indirect election for the APC primary election after deliberations in which every member was given fair hearing and all suggestions were put into consideration.
“We adopted the indirect election format because we all agreed that it is the best method that strengthens and promotes internal democracy within our great party. It is the method that allows every voice to be heard and gives opportunity to every member of the APC to participate directly in the decision of who flies the flag of our great party to victory in November.
“I want also to use this opportunity to formally attend to the rumour flying around in the media that some supposed state party executives have held a kangaroo meeting and have declared indirect election as the method adopted by Kogi APC for the primary election. I want to categorically state that such meeting is illegal, null and void.
The genuine state party executives and stakeholders have just held a meeting and what I tell you now is that the official position of the All Progressives Congress, Kogi State Chapter, as regards mode of the forthcoming primary election. Any other meetings or resolutions should be disregarded by all party members and the general public as they are fake and illegal.
“We are working assiduously for victory in the November 16 election and will not give room to nefarious elements to instigate internal wrangling capable of scuttling our chances.”