The Kogi State chapter of ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has remained in confusion weeks to the November 2019 governorship election in the state. This followed the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party’s approval of indirect primaries to elect the party’s candidate for the forthcoming Kogi governorship election.
The party had conveyed its decision a statement issued by its National publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu.
Issa-Onilu said that the approval was given after a meeting of the NWC on Friday where a formal request from the Kogi executive and stakeholders was considered and deliberated on.
He recalled that the APC constitution, which was re-emphasised by a decision of National Executive Committee (NEC), provides for three mode of primary election to elect party candidates.
The aspirants made their position known in a protest letter addressed to the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole which was read by one of them, Mr Muhammed Ali, at a news conference in Abuja recently.
Ali said they were at the APC National Secretariat to protest against the decision of the NWC on the adoption of indirect primaries for the selection of the party’s flag bearer for the Nov. 16 governorship poll.
He said that the decision taken by NWC was done without adequate consultation with critical stakeholders in the state.
Following their pretest, the party promised to review petitions from some stakeholders in Kogi in reaction to Indirect Primaries adopted for the election of the party’s candidate for the governorship election in the state, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu disclosed.
He said: “The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has received petitions from some stakeholders in Kogi State in reaction to Indirect Primaries adopted for the election of the Party’s candidate for the forthcoming Governorship election in the state.
“The NWC will look at the merit of the petitions in line with the Party’s constitution and come out with a position in due course.
“The NWC, therefore, thank the aggrieved APC stakeholders in Kogi State for the peaceful manner in which they have conducted themselves so far and their trust in the NWC to do the right thing.,” Issa-Onilu said.
According to him, it needs restating that the APC constitution, which was reemphasized by a decision of National Executive Committee (NEC) provides for three modes of primaries to elect party candidates – Indirect, Direct Primaries and consensus.
But the issue seems more complicated when no fewer than 37 governorship aspirants of the party turned around to endorse the indirect primary.
The move seemed to be a serious confusion in the Kogi State Chapter of the party ahead of the Nov. 16 governorship.
The group under the auspices of Coalition of Kogi APC Aspirants said they were confident of beating Governor Yahaya Bello at the primary because they believe that they have control of the delegates.
Spokesman of the group, Comrade Edime Godwin Amade, said the group of 20 aspirants kicking against the indirect mode of primary were working for the downfall of the party in the state, pointing out that the NWC should not allow the group to pull the wool over their eyes.
Amade pointed out that the state governor has built the party in the state to an enviable height but insisted that it was not an indication that he would win the primary election.
He allayed the fear that they would step down for Gov. Bello as they are already putting their resources together to collect nomination form.
How the party eventually resolves this logjam could tell on its fortunes at the November governorship poll.