By Chibuike Nwabuko
Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Group under the auspices of the APC Justice Forum/Buhari Support Group (Kogi State) has rejected the adoption of indirect primaries recommended by the All Progressives Congress’ National Working Committee (NWC) for the August 16 governorship election in Kogi State.
The group which informed that indirect election is not in the interest of members of the party in Kogi state reminded that there were no consultations of the stakeholders before opting for indirect election.
It however called for the constitution of a care-taker Committee that will bring all the stakeholders in the party to a round table to agree on the workable solution and majority agreement on the method of primary to adopt.
The APC Justice Forum/Buhari Support Group (Kogi State) made the call on Monday in a chat with newsmen in Abuja in reaction to what it described as hasty adoption of indirect primaries in Kogi State against the wishes and aspirations of Kogi people.
According to the group, “Having assessed the political developments in Kogi State in the last few days, particularly with recourse to the adoption of indirect primaries by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress, we submit here that the position of NWC was not in the interest of the members of the party in Kogi State.
The group insisted that for the NWC to be seen as neutral and to guarantee a level playing field for the governorships aspirants of the party numbering up to twenty five (25), direct primary should be adopted such that looser would know they lost in a free fair and unbiased contest rather that seeing to have given some aspirants upper and over and above others even before the commencement of the contest.
“The political dynamics in Kogi State, where the ruling APC parades a number of gubernatorial aspirants close to 25; direct form of primary would ensure democratic participation of all aspirants which at the end, whoever that loses would have been satisfied with the process that he/she participated”.
While citing examples of states with similar circumstances where direct primaries were adopted to ensure a smooth primary the group said:
“ Direct primaries have been tested in Osun, Lagos, Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and other states that participated in the gubernatorial elections, especially in the those states with large number of aspirants and it worked well without legal conundrum.Indeed , the APC presidential primary held in 2018 for president Muhammadu Buhari in Kogi State was through direct primary, equally the election of ward officers, where delegates were generated ; used direct primary in governorship election with its attendant negative implications of vote buying, intrigues and above all legal tussle?
The group while warning that any process short of direct primary election for the emergence of gubernatorial candidate in August would leave the party licking its wounds later, faulted the members of the so-called stakeholders, who it alleged were appointees of Governor Yahaya Bello, who were quoted to have held a meeting of the All Progressives Congress.
The APC Justice Forum/Buhari Support Group (Kogi State) stressed that it is raising concern because since it has come to the public domain that the APC has adopted indirect primary, the morale of electorates across the three senatorial districts in Kogi State has dampened, and the implication is a prelude to losing the governorship election, come November 16, 2019.
It therefore called on the APC National Working Committee to harken to the voice of electorates in Kogi State who are looking forward to a direct primary as the only method of election that would save the party from impending implosion as witnessed in Rivers and Zamfara State where the party lost out because of action and inactions of aggrieved members.