The All Progressives Congress (APC), Kaduna State chapter on Thursday, adopted the indirect mode of primaries for nomination of party’s candidates in the 2019 general elections in the state.
In a resolution signed by the state APC chairman, Air Cdre Emmanuel Jekada (Rtd) after the state executive committee (SEC) meeting held in Kaduna at the party secretariat, gave reasons that, the absence of a comprehensive register of party members, any direct primaries may be disrupted by non APC members.
According to the resolution, non-members including individuals from other parties may also come up with fake membership cards to cause confusion in the process.
The meeting, which had in attendance the state deputy governor, Arc. Yusuf Bala Barnabas, Speaker Kaduna State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Aminu Abdullahi Shagali, members of the National Assembly, Kaduna State House of Assembly, statutory officials and members in attendance was peaceful after deliberations.
Though, Senator representing Kaduna central zone, Comrade Shehu Sani, who attended the SEC meeting arrived late.
The resolution further said the APC Kaduna party leadership has made spirited attempts to acquire a comprehensive database of party members from the party’s National Headquarters but to no avail.
The statement said: “The Kaduna State Executive Committee (SEC) in line with the directives of the National Executive Committee (NEC), sat today, Thursday, 6 September, 2018 and adopted “Indirect Primary” as the mode of conduct of the party primary elections in Kaduna state.
“The ‘Direct Primary method’ is not applicable in the State due to the following reasons:
a. Absence of a comprehensive register of party members; the APC Kaduna party leadership has made spirited attempts to acquire a comprehensive database of party members from the party’s National Headquarters but to no avail”
“Without a comprehensive membership register, any direct primaries may be disrupted by non-members including individuals from other parties who may come up with fake membership cards to cause confusion in the process.
“b. Experience of Direct Primaries from the recently concluded primary elections for councillorship in state where the party adopted direct primaries to select its candidates was marred by significant disruption and controversy and over stretched the security agencies. Using this mode for the upcoming primary elections would definitely not produce the desired results and its credibility may be called to question”
“The Direct primary method would result in significant logistic challenges for the party; with party membership running into hundreds of thousands in the state, printing of ballots, deployment of election materials, accreditation, voting, collation and declaration of results would be very expensive with financial cost surpassing a billion naira in Kaduna alone. These are costs that the party may not be able to shoulder in view of the fact that it was not envisaged, and no budget provision has been made for it”
“In order to deepen and broaden the democratic practice, the party looks forward to the adoption of direct primaries in future elections at which time the limitations listed above would have been resolved.
“Therefore, in recognition of 2a-c above, the State Executive Committee adopted the ‘Indirect’ mode of primaries for nomination of candidates in the 2019 elections in the state.
“This decision will accordingly be communicated to the National Executive Committee of the party as required,” the statement explained.