Voice of Nigeria: The Osun state governorship primary election for Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress, APC will be conducted by direct primary rather than the use of delegates.
The National Chairman of the APC, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole stated this while briefing journalists on the issues discussed at a meeting of the party’s National Working Committee at the APC headquarters in Abuja.
He also said that seventeen aspirants have been successfully screened to participate in the primary which would hold on July 19.
Mr. Oshiomhole said direct primary would give the Osun people a sense of ownership of the process.
“Regardless of who wins the primary, we hope that the rest of them will support the person to ensure that we do our best to retain the governance of Osun State.”
“We have decided that in other to ensure popular participation, and to deepen democracy in Osun State, in-line with the provision of our party constitution which allow for either direct or indirect primary, we have resolved that the governorship election primary in Osun state will be conducted on the basis of direct primary.”
”What that means is that every card carrying member of our party will participate in the process of nominating the flag nearer of the party.”
“The whole idea is that the more we allow our party members to participate in the process of nominating candidates, we will remove the issue of corruption or monetizing the processes of nominating aging candidates, in addition to the fact that party members will have a sense of ownership of the outcome of the exercise,” Oshiomhole said.
The committee for the APC Osun state primary election is to be chaired by the governor of Zamfara state, Abdulaziz Yari.
Also responding to reports that the Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has left the APC, Mr. Oshiomhole said the governor told him that he would never leave APC.
“I know that governor Ortom is a very senior member of the party and he has said so repeatedly in print and has said to me one on one that he will not leave the APC unless he was pushed out. I have since assumed chairmanship of this party along with my colleagues in the NWC and I know of a fact that we have not shut out any governor and certainly not governor Ortom.”
And on the killings of people in Sokoto state by gunmen, the APC National Chairman urged Nigerians to unite regardless of ethnicity and religion to end the consistent killings.
He also urged the security agencies to do more to end the killings.
“We admit that the minimum obligation of government is to protect lives and property and we urge our security chiefs to do everything possible not only to arrest all those involved in this senseless killing, but to do everything possible to be seen to have the competence to protect lives and property. No one will be satisfied with making explanations or try to explain away why we cannot secure human lives especially of a Nigerian citizen within the borders of Nigeria.”
“It is not helpful to national efforts of security lives and property if any Nigerian, including religious leaders and Media seeks to explain criminality in terms of religion or ethnic nationality,” Oshiomhole said.