By; MOHAMMED MUNIRAT NASIR, Gusau
Zamfara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had adopted the direct primaries method for the Thursday’s Presidential primary election in the state.
This was disclosed by the Secretary State Committee of Zamfara State Presidential Primary Election, Professor Abdullahi Muhammad Shinkafi while briefing journalists after the APC stakeholders meeting held at the Government House, Gusau.
Shinkafi said the adoption of the direct primaries mode will enable the over 1.5 million card carrying members of the party in the are to participate and endorse the sole Presidential candidate of the party, President Muhammad Buhari.
He said the direct primaries would hold in all the 147 wards across the 14 local government areas of the state.
“Subsequent elections will be through delegation but this one will be through direct approach”, he said.
On why is the state adopting direct method for the Presidential Primaries alone, Shinkafi who is the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), said it will be rather hectic and very unhealthy to do direct primaries for all the elections.
He said the party have been legally advised and the constitution provides that at each level it can either direct or indirect.
“You have to reduce the cumbersome nature of the exercise to allow people go about their normal businesses. It is easier when you conducting a ward exercise to engage everyone”, he said.
Shinkafi added that Monitoring Committees has been set up right from the ward level, to the state level to ensure smooth running of the APC primaries in the state.
He therefore urged the security agencies to provide adequate security to ensure peace through out the exercise.