The National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has approved different modes of primary across the thirty-six states of the federation.
AN24 understands that while indirect primary was adopted in states where some governors have tough opponents, direct was approved in other states.
This online medium reports that direct primary involves all card-carrying members of the party electing candidates while indirect primary involves the use of delegates to elect candidates.
APC adopted Indirect primary in Kaduna where Nasir el-Rufai is seeking reelection and Katsina where Bello Masari is standing for another election but same could not be said of Lagos where Akinwunmi Ambode, the governor, has tough opponents.
Outgoing Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun) and Kashim Shettima (Borno) who are not seeking reelection but have preferred candidates had direct primary approved in their states.
APC has been announcing different modes of primary since it held its national executive committee (NEC) meeting in August.
The ruling party initially adopted direct primary but changed it to indirect after intense pressure. The party later said state executive committee members were free to choose the kind of primary that they prefer.
However, on Tuesday, the ruling party released the list of the mode of primaries to be conducted in all the 36 states.
elow is the list:
|S/No.||STATE||RESOLUTION ON MODE OF PRIMARIES TO BE ADOPTED|
|3.||AKWA IBOM||DIRECT PRIMARIES|
|9.||CROSS RIVER||DIRECT PRIMARIES|
The APC NWC said Adamawa state working committee has been banned from participating either as delegates or superintendents over the primary election holding in the state due to the fact that it was “prejudiced in favour of a governorship aspirant”.
The APC primary election will hold on Saturday in all chapters of the party.