APC embraces direct primaries

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By Morenike Bailey


Despite reservations by state governors, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has reached a consensus to embrace the direct primaries method in choosing the party’s candidates.

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This is after the National Assembly on Tuesday passed the harmonized Electoral Act Amendment Bill 2021.
The bill states that the two legislative Chambers retained the clause stipulating the emergence of candidates of all political parties through direct primaries.

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The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu on Tuesday in Abuja disclosed that the party has embraced the bill.

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Ojudu stated that reaching the consensus was almost difficult as tensions were high but the Vice President played a good role in conciliation.

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“Acting on the President’s mandate, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo called today’s meeting to allow for all parties to ventilate their voices in a no-holds-barred manner. It was a family meeting.

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“At the end, a common ground was reached, direct primaries were upheld and aspirants under our party can now go back to the people and seek endorsement rather than giving a few delegates the power to decide for all.”

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“Tension was high. Emotions predominated but the Vice President was able to play the role of a great conciliator.


“While the younger elements in the House of Representatives were vehement and uncompromising in the expression of their preference, the Senators were calm but resolute.”


“We should commend the party leaders for reaching an agreement in a democratic manner,” Ojudu said.

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