The All Progressives Congress APC Niger state has resolved to adopt the direct primaries to elect candidates for the party in the state at the 2019 general elections
The secretary of the party in the state Barrister Mohammed Liman told Journalists yesterday that the resolution was taken at the State Executive Council (SEC) meeting held on Tuesday night .
He stated that the party had adopted direct primary for its governorship and all other positions out of the three options of direct, indirect primaries and consensus, given to all the states to chose from, in electing flag bearer for the party. Liman said the decision of the state executive committee to hold direct primaries for all the positions was in line with the National Executive committee’s meeting of the APC held on 30th August, 2018. According to him “When we met on 30th August, 2018, we resolved on direct, indirect and consensus and after the party’s SEC meeting with all the stakeholders and aspirants on 4th September, 2018; we decided to adopt direct primaries to elect flag bearers in Niger state after deliberating on each of the options as specified”.
He said the method was adopted to enable every member of the party have a say on who to fly the flag of the party in the state adding that every mode of primaries has its challenges but assured that the party can not jettison the process of internal democracy. Meanwhile, he disclosed when asked by journalists, that two other aspirants have indicated interest to vie for the governorship seat in the state on the platform of APC aside the incumbent Governor Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello. He disclosed that the aspirants were Alhaji Abubakar Katcha and Alhaji Mahmud Sani who is the state RIFAN chairman noted that the two of them announced their interest before the stakeholders meeting on Tuesday. White saying that zoning has no place in the constitution of the party, he posited that there was a gentleman arrangements between the stakeholders in the state for rotation of governorship among the zones.