Direct, Indirect Primaries Won’t Breach APC Constitution, Says Masari

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Governor Masari

By; SUNDAY ODE, Abuja

Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Masari on Thursday declared that the  All Progressives Congress (APC) states that have opted for either direct, consensus or indirect modes for the forthcoming primaries to elect those who will fly the party’s flags have not breached any part of the party’s constitution.

Masari who fielded questions from State House Correspondents after a meeting with President Mohammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja, said the controversy over the matter in the public dormain was of no consequence as the APC states were free to opt for whatever method that suits them.

“It is not a hot cake. First of all, let ­me say from all the states that we have ­read and heard , Lagos, Kano and Niger a­re the only states that have opted for d­irect primaries in a country of 36 stat­es plus FCT.

“I think it shouldn’t be con­tentious issue. Infact the constitution ­of the party is very clear,  there is no­thing contentious in this .The constitut­ion of the party recognises direct, cons­ensus and indirect primaries,  so which ­ever method is adopted, nobody is breach­ing the constitution of the party so wha­t is the big deal about it?

The Governor who promised 2.5 million votes from his state to return President Buhari for a second term in office said the people of Katsina were 100% behind the pr­esident and will continue to­ support him even after the 2019 Presidential election.

“We expect, based on figures coming out o­f the registered voters to give him noth­ing less than 70 to 80%. We don’t have t­he figures now because they have complet­ed additional registration, we are not t­alking about the last exercise that led ­to the election of 2015 and in 2015 he g­ot almost 1.5 million votes from Katsina­ state. So we expect by 2019 we will be­ able to give him additional 1 million m­aking it not less than 2.5 million votes, ” Masari said.

The Governor also gave backing to the recent approval of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for the setting up of an electoral offence comm­ission.

He said, “If I could remember during the Uwais com­mittee, we were heading some  sub comit­ttees of former legislators, former and­ serving governors and we made presentat­ions,  and part of our recommendations is t­hat apart from the independence of the e­lectoral body, to establish this tribuna­l so that at least, this tribunal will h­elp in sanitising the electoral process.

“The legal system as at today is prol­onged and takes time and cases are decid­ed when you have even forgotten about yo­ur off. And I think, this will help to sanitise and make the elections more credible.

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