Ahead of the governorship election in Kogi State, the All Progressives Congress has revealed that it will not be pressured by stakeholders in the state on the mode of voting to adopt during the party primary.
Recall that the National Working Committee of the party had announced that it would adopt the indirect primary for the Kogi primary.
Some governorship aspirants under the aegis of Kogi State APC Governorship Aspirants Forum had protested against the decision.
The group claimed that the party did not consult widely with stakeholders before arriving at the decision.
The aggrieved members in a petition addressed to the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole, warned that the decision would have negative consequences on the fortunes of the party in the state.
About 37 governorship aspirants stormed the National Secretariat of the party to declare support for the adoption of indirect primary.
The National Publicity Secretary of APC, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, while speaking with Daily Post on the mode of primary stated that the party won’t be pressured into taking any decision on the petitions.
When asked if the party would cave in to pressure to reverse itself, he said, “We have made a statement on that and that should suffice. We won’t be rushed into making a decision.”
“We will make no further statements on that. Whatever decision the party would make on the issues at hand would be communicated to the public at the appropriate time.”
APC in an earlier statement had promised to 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, thanks to 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.”
“It needs restating that the APC constitution which was reemphasised by a decision of the National Executive Committee provides for three modes of primaries to elect party candidates – Indirect, Direct Primaries and consensus – depending on the peculiarities of the state and preferences of the stakeholders in respective elections.”