All Progressives Congress (APC) members from Lokoja-Kogi Federal Constituency on Wednesday called on the National leadership of the party to adopt direct party primaries in electing its candidates for the 2019 General Elections.
Ahmed Adam, chairman of APC Progressives of the constituency, made the call on behalf of other members at a Press Conference in Lokoja, said any deviation from internal democratic principles, and attempt to impose candidates on the people, would be counter-productive.
Adam said that only few days ago, Speaker of Kogi House of Assembly convened a meeting and announced Smart Adeyemi as government’s preferred candidate.
“This decision took us by surprise, especially that His Excellency, the Governor, Yahaya Bello, the State and National Party Organs, have expressed their determination for a process that will allow for internal democracy in throwing up candidates that will serve as the people’s representatives.
“This decision for us, has not only denied we, the people, the right to choosing our candidates for the forthcoming elections, but has revealed that the impunity we have longed claimed the APC is set to correct, is at best, worst with our democracy in Kogi State.
“We reject any attempt at imposing Smart Adeyemi on us as our candidate; it would create disaffection within the APC, and consequently lead to mass defection; we frown against autocratic rule in APC Kogi West, to impose on us, a candidate who lost woefully in 2015”, he said.
Adam said that based on the rotational arrangement on ground, it was the turn of Yagba Federal constituency to produce a senator for the Kogi West Senatorial District.
According to him, a level playing field for a free and fair party primaries must be created for the party candidates to succeed in 2019.