By; JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
A group under the aegis of Kaduna State Aspirants and Stakeholders Forum, has described the adoption of the indirect primaries mode by the Kaduna State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as tyrannical and a sham that is targeted at votes buying.
They reiterated this on Tuesday September 25, 2018 at a press briefing held at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Kaduna Council Secretariat.
“Consequently, we, the teaming members of the APC under the aegis of the Kaduna State Aspirants and Stakeholders Forum, reject this so called ‘collective decision’ for what it is: the orchestrated outcome of yet another sham Party process,” the group stressed.
In the text of the statement titled: ‘Notice of Rejection of the Purported Collective Decision of the State Executive Council Meeting of the APC Kaduna State
and the Reiteration of our Support for Direct Primaries in Kaduna State’ they begged the National Chairman of APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole to ignore the submission that adopting indirect primaries was unanimous.
“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.
“Your Excellency, we remain resolutely committed to Direct Primaries as the most efficacious mode of determining and throwing up our 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,” they emphasized.
The group recalled that recently the Kaduna State Chapter of their party held a State Executive Council (SEC) meeting to determine the preferred mode of nominating the Party’s flag bearers in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.
“Upon receiving the Party’s invitation to the SEC meeting we honored the invitation with the earnest expectation that a robust engagement of 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,” they alleged
They said that thereafter, it was widely broadcasted that there was a ‘collective decision’ from the said meeting adopting Indirect Primaries for Kaduna state.
“As we earnestly look forward to your kind endorsement of Direct Primaries in Kaduna state, we ask, Your Excellency, that you please accept our highest regards,” they concluded.