A Progressives movement in the All Progressives Congress APC, Ebonyi State known as Dozie Ebonyi Support Group- a Progressive movement in the All Progressives Congress, APC, Ebonyi State Chapter has kicked against the plot by the State Chairman, Pastor Eze Nwachukwu to adopt indirect primaries in the forthcoming primaries of the party slated for September 2019.
In a release signed by the State Coordinator of the group Mr. Godwin Igboke and made available to Leadership said that the plot is a sharp contradiction to the position of the Party’s National Executive Committee and the national leadership of the Party who insist that the APC would adopt direct primaries to elect Flag-bearers for each elective office in the 2019 elections the scheduled September primaries.
He said that the attention of the party was drawn to the plot that the State Chairman, Pastor Eze is under pressure from some stakeholders and elders of the party to adopt the indirect primaries adding that the Chairman had muted the idea to the stakeholders of Abakaliki bloc during a recent meeting in Abakaliki.
According to the group, “We wish to state that this machination which is orchestrated to edge out particularly Umuekumenyi (Abakaliki bloc) aspirants seeking to fly the flag of the Party in the 2019 Governorship elections is capable of denying the Party the much-anticipated victory in the 2019 elections if not redressed and the right thing done which is to abide by the decision of the Party’s national leadership”.
“It is therefore imperative to inform the national leadership of the Party, the leader of the Party, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR and indeed, all progressives of these surreptitious moves to scuttle the decision of the Party to return power to the people which is actually the true essence of democracy through the use of direct primaries”.
The group noted that many lovers of ideal democracy in the country are already massively registering as members of APC due to the resolve of the Party to adopt direct primaries in the selection of its flag-bearers.
“It will therefore spell doom for the APC in Ebonyi if some persons in any guise would want to frustrate this massive majority who are willing to actively join in the efforts to end PDP’s nearly two decades reign of terror in our dear Ebonyi State”.
The Chairman of the group stated that the essence of the plot is to thwart the direct primaries which is allegedly being sponsored by a minister in President Buhari’s cabinet aimed at paving way for one of his kinsmen who is very unpopular to emerge as a Party’s Governorship flag-bearer ahead of 2019 in order to work for his 2023 Presidential ambition.
“This to us, is unhealthy for our party especially since the Minister as an elder should and therefore MUST insist in ensuring that the use of direct primaries should be adopted in order to guarantee the emergence of a popular candidate as the Party’s flag-bearer”.
“To us, the only way to not only avoid rancour and acrimony that may result after the primaries but also ensure that our Party- the APC wrests power from the Umahi-led PDP government in all elections in 2019 is to allow all aspirants and members in the Party equal opportunities to elect those whom it feels are capable of flying the Party’s flag in the 2019 general elections especially on the basis of the 3 Cs- Character, Competence and Credibility”.
The group called National Executive Committee and the National Working Committee of the party to call to order all the party leaders and elders in Ebonyi State who are plotting to flout the democratic processes introduced by the Party to desist from doing so
The group also expressed the fear that the party would lose its members and its intending members in Ebonyi if it adopts the use of indirect primaries in the election of its flag-bearers especially in a PDP-long dominated polity like ours.
“We urge all members of our great Party to please ignore any messages entreating them to go contrary to the decision of the national leadership of our great party. As we have always maintained, our collective interest is to ensure that Democracy thrives. This is not time for political experimentation.