– An APC gubernatorial aspirant in Rivers state, Senator Magnus Abe, has declared that members would reject adoption of indirect primaries in the state
– The state chapter of the party led by Flag-Amachree on Friday, September 7, adopted indirect mode of primaries to elect its candidates ahead of 2019 general election
– But Senator Abe, however, said that the party would not conduct indirect primaries because the entire structure of the party in the state is embroiled in legal controversy
A governorship aspirant on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers state, Senator Magnus Abe, has declared that the party would not adopt indirect primaries to elect its candidates in the state.
NAIJ.com regional reporter in Port Harcourt, Tony Ihunwo, reports that Abe made the declaration when he appeared on a live programme of the African Independent Television (AIT) on Friday, September 7.
He said the party would not conduct indirect primaries because the entire structure of the party in the state is embroiled in legal controversy with about four or five court cases.
He said: “Rivers state is one of those states where we cannot have indirect primaries. The entire structure of the party in the state is embroiled in legal controversy with about four or five Court cases. So if you want to do indirect primaries, which particular list of delegates are you going to use and which particular congress?”
It was gathered that Abe picked his governorship nomination forms at the All Progressives Congress (APC) national secretariat Abuja, on Friday, September 7 and also the senator representing Rivers southeast senatorial district in the National Assembly, stated that indirect primaries breed corruption through financial inducement of delegates.
The senator said: “They say where you stand on an issue depends on where you sit. What you call indirect primaries is a situation where known party members meet in a place to elect candidates”.
“These known party members are invariably part of a structure that is already organized. So, when people have control of such structure, the entire exercise is predetermined because they already know who they are going to elect.”
“You have to understand that life is dynamic and part of what we promised Nigerians is that we were going to bring change into the country and make it better. Part of the challenge people have with indirect primaries is like I said the outcome is predetermined.”
“Secondly, it is very vulnerable to financial inducement because the delegates are known and you can’t target a particular number of people as those that you need to service in order to get your nomination”.
“So, this has led over the years to a vast increase in corruption in terms of financial inducement for delegates. In bringing our message for change in Nigeria, there is, therefore, every need for us to look at these things and improve the processes as the country grows older and our democracy matures”.
“No matter the argument one may have or may not have, I believe that as far as Nigerian democracy is concerned, the days of indirect primaries are fast drawing to a close.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that at enlarged stakeholders meeting at state party secretariat in Port Harcourt presided over by the state chairman, Ojukaye Flag-Amachree voted for indirect party primaries.
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