2019 Elections: Anambra APC Adopts Consensus Primaries

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The All Progressives Congress (APC), in Anambra State has adopted the consensus method of primary election, ahead of the 2019 elections.

The State Chairman of the party, Mr Emeka Ibeh and the State Secretary, Mr Chukwuma Agufugo, disclosed this on Monday, saying the choice of primary followed critical consultations among the party’s stakeholders.

They further explained that of the three options presented by the party’s National Executive Council, the consensus was accepted by the majority of the members, after which a committee was set up to commence operations.

Ibeh, however, stated that subsequently if the aspirants are not satisfied with the method, they will be allowed to fashion out another approach to ensure a peaceful process.


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Several states, on the other hand, such as Oyo, Nasarawa and Kaduna, have gone ahead with the choice of indirect primaries.

APC Explains NEC’s Resolutions On Primary Election Process

APC Explains NEC Resolutions On Primary Election Process

 

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has clarified the controversy surrounding the mode of primary election for the general polls in 2019.

The party gave the explanation in a statement signed on Friday by its acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena.

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It stressed that the clarification was necessary because some of the resolutions reached on Thursday during its National Executive Committee (NEC) were being misinterpreted.

The full statement read:

The 30th August 2018 resolution of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Executive Committee (NEC) on the mode of the Party’s Primary Election has been subject to different and misleading interpretations.

We wish to make the following clarifications on NEC’s resolutions:

Primary elections into all elective offices shall be by the direct and indirect election or by consensus.

The use of the direct and indirect primaries shall, however, depend on the peculiarity and need of a given state.

In each case, the State Executive Committee (SEC) shall in consultation with candidates and other critical stakeholders of the party in a given state, identify and forward for the consideration and approval by the National Working Committee (NWC) for the mode of election to be adopted.

The adopted mode shall now be applied to all categories of the party’s primary elections i.e. State Assembly, Senate, House of Representatives and for the governorship elections.

The request for the selection of mode of election must be signed by majority of the Executive Committee in attendance at the meeting where such resolution is reached.

NEC resolved to adopt the direct primary option for the presidential primary.

PDP Lauds Peaceful Ekiti Primary Election

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has commended all members, delegates, and stakeholders of the party in Ekiti State describing the primary election as peaceful, free, fair and credible.

They also expressed confidence in the forthcoming governorship election in July noting the party’s readiness for victory, based on the success of the primary election held on Tuesday in Ekiti.

“The unprecedented orderliness and spirit of sportsmanship that pervaded the exercise is a clear testimony of the ingrained values of fairness and strict adherence to internal democracy in the rebranded, repositioned and retooled PDP.

“Under the leadership of Prince Uche Secondus, the PDP has thrown impunity, imposition and interferences in the electoral process, into the dustbin of history.

“The Osun and Ekiti electoral thresholds will guide our electioneering processes at all levels, particularly, our presidential primary,” the statement read in part.

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Ologbondiyan in the statement also lauded the Governor Ifeanyi Okowa-led electoral committee for ensuring a transparent exercise and a level playing ground for all aspirants in the primary election.

“Our primary was contested by credible individuals of proven integrity and credentials, who exhibited the highest level of selflessness throughout the exercise, in keeping with the resolve of all members to work together to ensure the victory of our party in the July election,” the statement read further.

According to the PDP, the emergence of Professor Kolapo Olusola-Eleka shows the popularity of the PDP across Ekiti State.

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.