Following the adoption of indirect primary by Kogi State Exco, the faction leadership of APC in the State have rejected the claims that APC has adopted indirect primary, stressing that it is the National Working Committee has right to to chose what primaries for emerging candidate of the APC in the State.
In a stakeholders meeting held by the Haddy-led All Progressives Congress (APC) state executives at the state’s capital Lokoja, on Monday, 17 June 2019, the faction resolved to allow the National Working Committee of the APC wade in and determine the mode of election to be adopted for the August primaries.
Immediately after the meeting, the faction issued a communique through the Secretary, Ade Ismail.
“We will like to announce to the public that the APC has not made an official decision on whatever to adopt the direct or indirect primary election for the forthcoming guber election. We are the authentic State Executive Council having held congresses across wards in all local governments and instituted executive committees in the same places; so it is illegal for any other faction to make decisions for the APC in Kogi state regarding the mode of election to be adopted in the August primaries without out knowledge and most importantly, when the APC National Working Committee has not made their decision known on the matter.
“Only the National Working Committee of the APC has the authority to determine the mode of primary election to be adopted in Kogi state. We are disciplined and always open to progressive and harmonised ways of doing things. We await the decision of the APC National Woking Committee and other party leaders regarding the method of election to be adopted for the primaries. We are confident they will use their good leadership and experience to make the best decision for Kogi state. A decision that will be in line with the party constitution; a decision that will abide by the technicalities of electing a flag bearer.
“The state governor has invited us for a parley and we will honor the invitation. We have always made ourselves available for any reconciliatory meetings and discussions because our prior interest is for the success and progress of our great party.
“We will also like to strongly advise the national leadership of our great party to be wary of the mistakes of Zamfara and Imo states and help sanitize the party in Kogi state so that we can avoid pitfalls ahead. Let fairness, justice and adherence to party principles guide their decisions.”