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Direct, Indirect Primaries Won’t Breach APC Constitution – Masari



Katsina State governor, Aminu Masari has declared that any state adopting direct, indirect or consensus in their primaries won’t be breaching the constitution of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He spoke, yesterday to State House correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Recall that a wave of fresh crisis had hit the ruling APC following its decision to adopt multiple methods for its primaries ahead of the 2019 general elections. However, Governor Masari contended that the constitution of the APC allows for direct, indirect and consensus primaries stating that there is no controversy whatsoever. He said, “It is not a hot cake. First of all, let me say from all the states that we have read and heard, Lagos, Kano and Niger are the only states that have opted for direct primaries in a country of 36 states plus FCT. “ I think it shouldn’t be contentious issue. In fact the constitution of the party is very clear, there is nothing contentious in this.The constitution of the party recognises direct, consensus and indirect primaries, so which ever method is adopted, nobody is breaching the constitution of the party so what is the big deal about it?”; He also boasted that President Buhari will get at least 2.5 million votes in Katsina in the 2019 general elections. Consequently, he said the people of Katsina are 100 per cent behind President Buhari and they will continue to support him even after the elections of 2019. He explained, “We expect based on figures coming out of the registered voters to give him nothing less than 70 to 80 per cent. We don’t have the figures now because they have completed additional registration. “We are not talking about the last exercise that led to the election of 2015 and in 2015 he got almost 1.5 million votes from Katsina State , so we expect by 2019 we will be able to give him additional 1 million making it not less than 2.5 million votes.”





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