By ANDREW ESSIEN, Abuja
The presidential candidate of the newly registered Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA) for the 2019 general elections is to emerge through Electoral College, its National Executive Council (NEC) has said.
Rising from the NEC meeting held at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja yesterday, the party said it embraced the use of Electoral College as against the common practice where presidential candidates emerge through delegates’ election, to allow for even participation of all party members in choosing their presidential candidate.
National Chairman of the party, Shittu Mohammed, while addressing journalists at the end of the meeting which had in attendance state chairmen drawn from across the country and National Working Committee (NWC) members, stated that there was need to depart from a tradition that does not serve the interest of the masses.
He said, “Apart from the fact that it reduces waste, because delegates will not need to travel to Abuja from their various states to elect their candidate; the process will also ensure that the presidential aspirants traverse the length and breadth of the country to get votes.
“When they move across the country, they will be able to understand the plights and needs of the people better, and they will therefore be better prepared to serve their interest”.
In the same vein, a communique issued at the end of the meeting and signed by its national secretary, Emeka Okengwe, noted: “APDA is changing the old order that did not add value to the masses. APDA will ensure that masses are well represented and it is only their wish that will be considered uppermost at all times.
“The NEC also resolved that APDA will build and sell its ideology of social democracy based on 60 percent of appointive and elective positions. Women will have 30 percent, youths will have 25 percent, and people living with disability will have 5 percent.
“The NEC also reaffirms its believe in the indivisibility of this country. APDA believes in one Nigeria where each state is able to take comparative advantage of the natural resources in its domain, for the good of all”.