The Adamawa State All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in the National Assembly has adopted the indirect primaries mode to choose candidates for the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
Chairman of the caucus, Senator Binta Masi Garba, revealed this at a press briefing in Abuja. Sen. Garba said members of the caucus are in full support of the decision of the State Executive Committee (SEC) that adopted indirect primaries.
She explained that the endorsement of indirect primaries by the group is in “line with the provision of Article 20 of the APC constitution and the decision of NEC of our great party, which approved for each State Executive Committee (SEC) of the party to choose the mode of primary election best suited for the state based on the state’s peculiarity.”
The senator, who represents Adamawa north senatorial district, also disclosed that at the meeting of the 148 member State Executive Committee (SEC) of the party held on September 3, 2018 in Yola, 117 members out of the 121 present voted in favour of indirect primaries.
Garba stated that the caucus has agreed with the decision of the SEC because “Adamawa State has no updated register of members and therefore people who have recently defected to the party may not be able to vote or be voted for if the present register is used.”
According to her, “We know as a fact that using the present register of members will certainly affect the credibility of the outcome of the primary election.”
The lawmaker opined that “members of other political parties bent on destroying the APC in Adamawa State will intentionally cause confusion by claiming membership of the party if the primary election is conducted through direct mode and without an updated register of members.
“Adamawa being one of the states having serious security challenges as a result of Boko Haram attacks cannot conduct peaceful election in some parts of the local governments in the northern part of the state especially in areas bordering the Sambisa forest.
“This unlike the ward congresses have much higher stake and are not holding in one day and may expose our members to attacks” adding that “logistics involved in conducting the elections through indirect mode is quite cheaper compared to direct means”.
She further explained that the National Assembly is not afraid of direct primary “instead, we are afraid of not having elections at all or having elections which outcome will not be credible.”
Other members of the caucus include; Hon. Sadiq Ibrahim, Hon. Yusuf Buba Yakub, Hon. Abdulrazaq Namdas and Hon. Abdulrahman Shuaibu. Others are Hon. Adamu Kamale, Hon. Lawal Abubakar Garba, Hon. Philip Gutuwa and Hon. Talatu Yohanna.