A group, Kaduna State APC Aspirants and Stakeholders Forum, has alleged that the decision by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, to adopt indirect primaries for Kaduna State is targeted at vote buying.
In a notice of rejection letter written to the National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomole, on the purported collective decision of the State Executive Council (SEC) of the APC in Kaduna, the aspirants reiterated their collective support for direct primaries.
The letter which was read to the press during a briefing in Kaduna on Tuesday by the Spokesman of the group, Hassan Samdi, recalled that recently, the Kaduna State chapter of the party held a SEC meeting to determine the preferred mode of nominating the party’s standard bearers in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
Sandi told newsmen that the process that led to the adoption of indirect primaries was not “consultative” enough.
According to him, “Upon receiving the party’s invitation to the SEC meeting, we honoured the invitation with the earnest expectation that a robust engagement on the issues would take place and that, at the end of the day, superior reasoning and the interest of the party would guide the final outcome of the deliberations.
“Unsurprisingly, however, and typical of the tyrannical way the affairs of the party have been conducted in the state since 2015, the only opinion that was allowed expression at the event was that of the state government as presented by the deputy governor. Thereafter, it was widely broadcasted that there was a ‘collective decision’ from the said meeting adopting Indirect Primaries for Kaduna state.
“Your Excellency this claim is false. The decision was not collective. And, what is worse, the process that led to it was anything but consultative.”
Samdi, who is also an aspirant for a House of Representatives seat, said the teaming members of the APC under the aegis of the Kaduna State Aspirants and Stakeholders Forum, reject the ‘collective decision’ for what it is: the orchestrated outcome of yet another sham party process.”
He said the aspirants remain resolutely committed to direct primaries as the most efficacious mode of determining and throwing up the best candidates to spar against those of the opposition parties for the Gubernatorial and Legislative positions in Kaduna state.
“We are further convinced that adopting direct primaries will not only diminish the corruptive influence of vote-buying, it would give party members a voice and, unlike what we have at the moment, promote the growth of a strong, virile, people-rooted APC,” he said.
The APC yesterday released details of the types of primaries approved for its various state chapters. The list shows the party approving direct and indirect primaries for different states.
However, in many states, which include Kaduna, where the state governors are in battle with rivals such as federal legislators and other influential politicians, the ruling party appears to have favored the stance of the governors, who are in support of indirect primaries.