2019: Ogun APC bows to NWC’s directive, settles for direct primary
The Ogun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress on Thursday bowed to the directive of the National Working Committee that the state must use direct primary to select candidates for elective positions ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The state chairman of the party, Chief Derin Adebiyi, disclosed this while addressing party leaders at the expanded State Executive Committee meeting held at MTR Hall, Abeokuta.
Recall that the party’s NWC had issued the directive on Monday where it stipulated the mode of primary for each state it controlled.
During a stakeholders’ meeting at the same venue on September 20, 2018, the State Executive Committee had adopted an indirect mode of the primary.
But at Thursday’s meeting, Adebiyi said the state chapter had got the register, it would now agree to go with the direct primary.
He, however, said they were still awaiting the membership cards, saying the national leadership had promised to provide them.
Adebiyi explained that the earlier agreement to go for an indirect primary was based on the non-availability of the register and the membership cards.
He said, “We have the register now but still waiting for the membership cards. The register has the pictures and names of all the members at different wards.
“So you should go to your wards and vote President Buhari.
“We are sponsors of President Buhari, please you (stakeholders) should mobilise your people and let’s show we are on the ground.
“We know ourselves at every ward and polling unit. I am sure nobody who is not an APC member will come out to participate in the primary election. And in case you catch any impostor, please don’t beat anybody, just hand them to the security agents.”
He assured the party faithful that all logistics would be provided for the smooth conduct of the primary election.
Also, the National Financial Secretary of the party, Alhaji Tajudeen Bello, agreed with the State Chairman, saying they would also adopt a direct primary “since that is what we agreed on at first.”