APC Makes Decision On Presidential Flagbearer

By Ikenga Chronicles August 30, 2018

APC Makes Decision On Presidential Flagbearer

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has made a decision on the fate and selection process of its presidential aspirants. The decision was made after the meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party.

Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong, who made the outcome of the meeting known while addressing journalists at the end of the NEC meeting on Thursday afternoon said a direct primary has been adopted to select its presidential candidate.

The APC, however, declined to adopt direct primaries for other positions, stressing that states will continue with indirect primaries except when an issue of importance arises.

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The decision to adopt indirect primaries may anger some of the party’s senators, some of whom have said they would leave if such decision is taken. Many senators fear governors who control the party structure in their states would determine eventual candidates if indirect primary method is adopted, Premium Times reports.

Mr Lalong said the meeting was anchored on three main points; guidelines for election, mode of election and funding.

He also noted that the APC NEC emphasised the need for unity following the gale of defection experienced.

The APC NEC meeting was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, his deputy Yemi Osinbajo, governors and others.

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Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to pick the party’s presidential ticket for the 2019 elections as he has no major challenger.

Direct primaries involves the participation of all party members in the selection of party candidates while indirect primaries involves use of delegates–often party leaders at local levels–and political appointees as well as elected officials, to elect party candidates.