Edo 2024: APC plans to adopt direct primary

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has adopted the direct mode of primary election to pick its candidate for the September 21, 2024 Edo State governorship poll.

The ruling party had fixed the primary election to nominate a flag bearer for the Edo gubernatorial poll on February 17, while sales of forms had commenced on January 10 to end on January 29.

APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Duro Meseko, stated this while briefing journalists at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja on Tuesday about the outcome of the National Working Committee (NWC) meeting with stakeholders from Edo State late Monday night.

Meseko said the NWC being resolute to reclaim Edo for APC, charged the stakeholders to consult with the 29 aspirants jostling for the party’s governorship ticket with the aim of pruning down the number so as to go in the main election as a united force.

The APC deputy spokesperson noted that having 29 or more aspirants in a direct election will pose logistics challenge, saying so far only one contender has obtained the Expression of Interest and Nomination forms but the party was more concerned with victory than the money accruing from the sale of forms.

Meseko also said the party has not allocated the position of the governorship seat to any part of the state, hence people from the three senatorial districts in Edo State can vie for the ticket.

He also said to avoid litigations by dissatisfied aspirants after the primary election, it has been resolved that another form be attached to the nomination forms in which contenders will sign an undertaking not to take legal action after the primary election.

“After due consultations with Edo State APC stakeholders, the NWC has approved DIRECT PRIMARIES as the mode of election to be used to produce the governorship candidate of the Party for the state.

“In view of the large numbers of aspirants jostling for the Party’s ticket in Edo State, the NWC urged the stakeholders to unite in trimming the number of aspirants.

“The NWC urged all the Governorship aspirants to exhibit Party discipline and patriotism by shunning the attitude of running to the Courts at every opportunity instead of exploring internal dispute resolution mechanisms, especially after Party Primaries.

“It was resolved that for the smooth running of the party, all members should ensure strict compliance with their financial obligations to the party, in line with the party’s constitution.

“The NWC also resolved that for want of time, the E-registration exercise of the party for fresh members be conducted after the primaries in order not to derail the smooth conduct of the primaries.

“The stakeholders were urged by the NWC to promote unity within the ranks of the Party in order to go into the election as one family bound by progressive ideals and fully geared to reclaim the Party’s mandate in Edo State,” Meseko stated.

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