APC Direct Or Indirect Primaries: As Thy State Godfather Willeth

 

The Oasis Reporters

September 26, 2018

The All Progressive Congress, APC Convention  was held earlier in the year. 

Nothing best expresses the sharp difference between the North Pole and the South Pole better than the All Progressives Congress two tier mode of congresses that says, ‘to thy tents, Oh Party.’

While the presidency preaches unity for everyone to live with and accommodate thy neighbor in peace, the APC has instituted the policy of ‘Separate but Equal’ policy that the United States abandoned as a relic of the discriminatory years of American injustices to people of colour in the Brown Vs Board of Education case.

The APC has released it’s approved mode of primaries for each of its 36 states
chapters and the Federal Capital
Territory within the same country.
The mode of primaries was contained
in a statement by its National Publicity
Secretary, Yekini Nabena, on Tuesday, September 25, 2018.

Contrary to the earlier directive of the
party that direct primaries must be
used for all levels of election ahead of
the 2019 elections, some state
governors have kicked against it.
At a meeting last week between the
governors on the platform of the
Progressives Governors Forum, led by
the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas
Okorocha, and the leadership of the
party, headed by the National
Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, the
party soft pedaled on its earlier
position.

In the statement by the party on
Tuesday, Nabena said the National
Working Committee of the APC
approved the mode of primaries for the
September 29, 2018 governorship
primary elections scheduled to hold
across the 36 states of the federation
and the Federal Capital Territory as follows :

ABIA will have DIRECT PRIMARIES
ADAMAWA: INDIRECT PRIMARIES
AKWA IBOM: DIRECT PRIMARIES
ANAMBRA: DIRECT PRIMARIES
BAUCHI: DIRECT PRIMARIES
BAYELSA: DIRECT PRIMARIES
BENUE: INDIRECT PRIMARIES
BORNO: INDIRECT PRIMARIES
CROSS RIVER: DIRECT PRIMARIES
DELTA: INDIRECT PRIMARIES
EBONYI: INDIRECT PRIMARIES
ENUGU: INDIRECT PRIMARIES
EDO: DIRECT PRIMARIES
EKITI: DIRECT PRIMARIES
GOMBE: INDIRECT PRIMARIES
IMO: DIRECT PRIMARIES
JIGAWA: INDIRECT PRIMARIES
KADUNA: INDIRECT PRIMARIES
KANO: DIRECT PRIMARIES
KATSINA: INDIRECT PRIMARIES
KEBBI: INDIRECT PRIMARIES
KOGI: INDIRECT PRIMARIES
KWARA: INDIRECT PRIMARIES
LAGOS: DIRECT PRIMARIES
NASARAWA: INDIRECT PRIMARIES
NIGER: DIRECT PRIMARIES
OGUN: DIRECT PRIMARIES
ONDO: DIRECT PRIMARIES
OSUN: DIRECT PRIMARIES
OYO: INDIRECT PRIMARIES
PLATEAU: INDIRECT PRIMARIES
RIVERS: INDIRECT PRIMARIES
SOKOTO: INDIRECT PRIMARIES
TARABA: DIRECT PRIMARIES
YOBE: INDIRECT PRIMARIES
ZAMFARA: DIRECT PRIMARIES
FCT: DIRECT PRIMARIES.

Nabena added: “The National Working Committee (NWC) has banned the Adamawa State Working Committee from participating either as delegates or superintendents over the governorship primaries holding in the State.
“This is due to the fact that the Adamawa State Working Committee was prejudiced in favour of a
governorship aspirant.”

From the list above, every primary election gets the direct or indirect primaries status based on the clout or influence of either the governor or the godfather.

Take Kaduna State for instance that will have indirect primaries like Katsina, while Kano will not. Kaduna State where the party had been embroiled in infighting and defections, it has become obvious that the governor, Nasir El Rufai has gained the upper hand due to his closeness to the presidency. Therefore with indirect primaries, he gets to have the final say on who votes or who doesn’t and who eventually becomes the APC candidate for all elective posts. Party members are crying foul, but who cares?

This therefore looks like the best opportunity to deal an uppercut to Senator Shehu Sani who first joined the other two senators from the state in scuttling the governor’s quest for a foreign loan at the upper legislative chamber. He appeared to have joined the dissenters in the APC initially, but suddenly turned coat to laugh with president Buhari and Governor El Rufai. Now the governor has got him where he wants him. His chances of going back to the Senate depends on El Rufai who every political watcher knows that Uba Sani would be the preferred candidate. Too bad for Shehu Sani who turned back in the middle of the battle.

For Katsina, President Buhari’s home state, rumours has it that Gov. Bello Masari is out of favor and a close family member of the president is the preferred choice. Masari has no choice but to bow out.
Kano APC is under the firm control of Gov. Ganduje. The members of the party are his loyalists, therefore direct or indirect primaries, they’ll still be loyal to him.

Each state has it’s distinct peculiarities. Rivers state will have indirect primaries and Minister of Transport, Rotimi Amaechi will control who gets what, in an indirect way.

Lagos State will operate the Direct mode of primaries but Lagosians know that party cadres listen to the heartbeat of the godfather before they cast their ballot. If he nods in the opposite direction of Governor Ambode, then he’s as good as gone.

So who is thy godfather?
The state congresses would surely indicate.

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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