A support group, Grassroots Mobilizers for Buhari and Osinbajo (GMBO) has held a peaceful protest in support for the adoption of direct party primaries by All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
National chairperson of GMBO, Dr. Fatima Mohammed Goni, who led the peaceful protest to the national secretariat of APC in Abuja, said the group was behind the decision of the party for direct primaries in the selection of candidates.
Goni noted since the party’s constitution, as contained in Article 20 (III) prescribed either direct or indirect primaries, the decision of the leadership to conduct direct primaries are both constitutional and in good faith.
She maintained that the direct primaries are a direct show of popularity for the whole world to see the strength and followership of the party and to check the excesses of imposition of candidates.
The chairperson therefore pleaded with members of the APC, who are not satisfied with the conduct of the direct primaries to utilize the channels provided by the party’s constitution to air their opinions.
“It was on this premise that we the Grassroots Mobilizers for Buhari/Osinbajo (GMBO) 2019 decided to stage a peaceful protest to declare our overwhelming support for direct primaries by Buhari and the national executive of the party,” she said.
Addressing members of the group, chief of staff to the national chairman of the APC, Abbas Braimoh, commended them for their support for the party’s direct primaries, noting that politics is a vehicle of development and empowerment.
Braimoh stated that people are the object and subject of such development, adding that whatever decision taken by the party must be people-centred, which, according to him was the reason why the leadership of the party has decided to ensure that its decisions are acceptable to members.
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