House of Representatives aspirant in AMAC/Bwari federal constituency of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Prof Al-Mustapha Usiju Medaner has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) must abide by it’s decisions to hold direct primaries in the FCT.
Al-Mustapha in a statement signed from his Campaign Organisation alleged that some stakeholders are in the polity to change the party’s decision.
The statement signed by Umar Mahmud, alleged that the committee constituted by the NWC to conduct the primaries for both the Senate and the House of Representatives arrived at the party’s Secretariat, but some stakeholders made frantic efforts to change the method of the primaries already approved by the NWC through a resolution.
“Our attention has been drawn to frantic efforts by some stakeholders of our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to change the decision of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) of September 29, 2018 to the effect that primaries into all elective offices in the territory are to hold through the direct method, by allowing all card carrying members of the party to partake in the exercise.
“Our understanding of the meeting was that it was an avenue for the electoral committee to inform the state party officials, stakeholders and aspirants of their arrival and readiness for the conduct of the primaries,” the statement reads.
The Campaign Organisation however noted that nobody has any power to change the mode of primaries as approved by the NWC in its resolution, except the same NWC sits down to reverse its earlier resolution.
“Again, we understand that some people are already citing the issue of insecurity as their reason for suggesting indirect primaries. But we want to make it abundantly and evidently clear that there is no issue of insecurity whatsoever in the territory. Elections had been held successfully in the past within the FCT, and there was no time any issue of insecurity was reported.
“Besides, today, being October 4, the day set aside by the NWC for senatorial primaries in the FCT, thousands of APC members came out en mass to exercise their franchise through the direct primaries, only for some people to kick against the commencement of the process. We view this as a flagrant disobedience to the president, the APC NWC and an undemocratic move.”
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