2019 Elections: Buhari Asks APC To Conduct Credible Primaries

2019 Elections: Buhari Asks APC To Conduct Credible Primaries

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has asked the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to conduct free, fair and credible primary elections.

He made the call during the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting at the APC national secretariat in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

While holding primaries ahead of the 2019 general elections, President Buhari told the APC leadership to do so in compliance with the Electoral Act and the party’s constitution.

He also urged them to ensure that critical decisions to be reached at the NEC meeting were in the interest of the party.

On the defection of some APC members to other political parties, the President Buhari said their exit was not enough to upset the party.

He stressed that the defection merely made a dent in the party, particularly in the National Assembly as the APC remains in control.

On his part, the National Chairman of the party, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, believes those who defected left because of their ambition which they felt cannot be realised on the APC platform.

He, however, said the party would continue with efforts aimed at reconciling members with genuine grievances.

Other party leaders at the meeting are Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and APC national leader, Bola Tinubu, as well as governors on the party’s platform among others.

The NEC meeting, thereafter, entered into a closed-door session.

There were expectations that the APC leadership would take a position whether or not to adopt direct primaries for the 2019 general elections.

The APC NEC meeting comes one day after President Buhari hosted British Prime Minister, Theresa May, at the Presidential Villa in the Federal Capital Territory.

The President had, at a meeting with May, said his administration was committed to conducting free, fair and credible elections in 2019.

He had told the British PM that the recent polls held in Katsina, Bauchi, and Kogi states have boosted the government’s moral and commended the UK’s support at strengthening democratic institutions in the country.

May, on her part, welcomed the assurance by the Federal Government on credible elections in 2019.

Ekiti PDP Holds Governorship Primary Election

Ekiti PDP Holds Governorship Primary Election Today

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State is holding its governorship primaries across all the 26 local government areas of the state today.

More than 2,100 delegates will be participating in the exercise as the accreditation process is already underway.

The delegates are made up of 1,585 statutory members of the party, and 547 National Ad-Hoc Committee Members.

They will determine the fate of the three contenders of the party’s governorship ticket.

The aspirants are the present Deputy Governor, Kolapo Ishola, the lawmaker representing Ekiti South Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Senator Abiodun Olujimi, and the immediate past PDP National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye.

Whoever emerges as the winner of the primaries among the three aspirants would be the PDP flagbearer at the July 14 governorship election in the state.

Ahead of Tuesday’s primaries, the national leadership of the PDP had appealed to the delegates to the exercise, as well as members and supporters of the party in the state to continue in their resolve to work together to ensure a smooth and hitch-free poll.

In a statement by the PDP National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan on Monday, the party commended all stakeholders, particularly the aspirants for the spirit of sportsmanship being displayed in their commitment towards a peaceful and free credible process.

It also applauded the stakeholders in the state for keeping to their resolve to work together to ensure the victory of the party at the main election, irrespective of the outcome of the primary elections.

The PDP had also restated its resolve to be transparent and to ensure an all-inclusive playing ground for all aspirants in all the processes leading to the governorship primary.

It, however, asked the members in Ekiti to remain vigilant and give no space to external forces whose aims were to disrupt the peace of the state.

APC Holds Primaries For LG Elections In Lagos

N'Delta Crisis: APC Group Commends Buhari's InterventionThe All Progressives Congress in Lagos will today elect candidates that will fly the party’s flag in the forthcoming local government election in the state.

The state electoral body LASIEC had in April released a timetable for the elections which is slated for the 22nd of July 2017.

The local government areas are currently run by sole administrators appointed by the state government.

The APC will not be holding elections into 18 Local Government areas where the party had resolved to return some of the candidates who have only spent a four-year term.

Some party leaders have recently agitated over the modalities in which the exercise is been conducted and what some perceive as plans to impose candidates in the name of internal party arrangement.

The primaries into the 57 LGs and LCDAs are ongoing at the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Surulere, starting with the accreditation of delegates and thereafter the voting proper.

Anambra Governorship Tussle Begins

Ahead of the November 16 governorship election in Anambra state, candidates of various political parties boast of their capability and determination to take over  the leadership of the state from the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

In their calculations, almost eight years of the present leadership has left some areas unattended to and at such should let go of power. Some of these parties insist that their grip on the state power and leadership will bring about the needed miracle.

The major political parties all reel out their concerns for the state and reasons why power must change hands come March 17, 2014 in Anambra state.

The major political parties all had their primaries to elect their candidates according to the provisions of the electoral act. Though the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) had their issues to emergence of Senator Andy Ubah under the chairmanship of Ejike Oguebego, the PDP insisted that Tony Nwoye should fly the flag of the party having emerged the winner in the primary conducted by the National Working Committee of the party.

The All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) nearly fell victim of double candidacy but it was quickly nipped at the bud as the court order of September 20, 2013 discharged an order recognising Dr. Chike Obidigbo as the party’s candidate but upheld Willie Obiano as the sole candidate of the party.

For the Labour Party (LP) and the All Progressive Alliance (APC) they settled for Ifeanyi Ubah and Senator Chris Ngige respectively.

The candidates represent the different zones of the state. While the PDP and APGA candidates came from the North zone where political leaders from that region insist that they should produce the next governor, the Labour party candidate comes from the South zone and the APC candidate from the Central.

With the parties properly positioned for the coming election, with their flag bearers, mind games and battle of words and boasts on which party is capable of taking over the leadership of the state come March 17, 2014.

The PDP in their effort to take over changed the party slogan to a more effective one with the candidate maintaining that Anambra is a PDP state and so APGA should exit.

For the Labour Party, its candidate that has blazed the trail for campaign ahead of others said labour party is the only party that has a clear cut vision of the solution to Anambra problems which they are prepared to tackle.

Many commentators have said that the APC stands a great chance of victory, going by the political acceptance of its candidate, Senator Chris Ngige, who believes that the party has the panacea for all the diseases of Anambra state which is hinged solely on security infrastructure.

While other parties are working hard to come in, the APGA candidate’s (Willie Obiano) worry is how to fit into the big shoes the incumbent governor, Mr. Peter Obi. He has no shades of doubt that he is taking over.