2019: PDP’s attacks on APC direct primary, a sign of defeat -Spokesman


The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the attack on its decision to adopt direct primary to select its Presidential candidate by the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) is a clear sign that the main opposition has conceded defeat in the yet to be conducted 2019 Presidential election.

The party however warned all its members plotting to hold nocturnal meetings to disparage the mode of election approved by the National Executive Committee at its sixth meeting the they will be seeking to undermine genuine efforts by the current leadership to foster peace within the party and restore the confidence of the Nigerian people.

Acting National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena said in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja that the party decided to adopt direct primaries because of its belief that will ensure fairness; creates a level playing ground for contestants; eliminates corrupt tendencies usually associated with the delegates system and ensure full and direct participation of party members at all levels in the election of Party candidates.

The party said it was “amused by the interest the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has in the mode of election the APC chooses to adopt for Primaries to elect Party candidates for the 2019 elections.

“With over 13 million registered APC members coupled with a large section of nonpartisan Nigerian electorate supporting the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration, it would seem that the PDP, on account of its attack of APC’s adoption of Direct primaries particularly to elect its presidential candidate, has already conceded defeat even before the 2019 elections.

“We quite understand that the revolutionary and progressive idea of Direct primaries to elect party candidates is strange to the PDP, a Party known for its inability to ensure internal Party democracy and actively promotes imposition of candidates against the will of its members.

“Direct Primaries among others ensure fairness; creates a level playing ground for contestants; eliminates corrupt tendencies usually associated with the delegates system and ultimately ensure full and direct participation of party members at all levels in the election of Party candidates.

“The APC is a Progressive Party and will continue to implement the Change Agenda promised to Nigerians. We urge Nigerians to continue their support as the President continues to rebuild and reposition the country.”

While warning party members against truncating the efforts of the party to ensure fairness and a level playing ground as well as ensure peace in the party, Nabena said in an earlier statement that the party was aware of plans to hold what it described as an illegal meeting to oppose the direct primary system by some members.

He said “The attention of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to an illegal meeting scheduled to hold on Sunday at Transcorp Hilton hotel in Abuja by some members of our Party organs, with a view to fault the decisions made by the NWC followed by the National Executive Committee (NEC) as regards the mode of the Party’s primary elections.

“We want to state clearly that the meeting which has been fixed for 2pm is illegal and an attempt to puncture the sincere efforts being made by the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole-led NWC to reposition our Party ahead the 2019 General Elections and to ensure unity, equity and justice in the Party.

“The outcome of such meeting which is already known will be a nullity and we admonish our members to disregard such meetings in the interest of the Party. It is illegal to call such meetings outside the purview of the constituted authority.

“The identities of those plotting such meetings have been identified and unless they desist from such they will be dealt with in line with the Party’s Constitution at the appropriate time.

“The NWC will resist any attempt to disrupt the current peace and harmony prevailing in our great Party after the exit of some members of our Party. We urge any member who is not satisfied with the decisions of the Party to utillize channels provided by the Party’s constitution to air their views.

“We remain focused in delivering good governance to Nigerians and above all ensuring the victory for our Party come 2019 and we will not be intimidated by the antics of a few in ensuring successes for our Party.”

However, as at the time of filing this report at about 5.00pm on Sunday, there was no sign of any meeting at the Transcrop Hilton and there was no member of the party at the hotel.

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Godwin Okafor is a Financial Journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and Founder of Naija247news Media Limited. He has over 16 years experience in financial journalism. His experience cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career at Business Day, Nigeria and founded Naija247news Media in 2010. Godwin holds a Bachelors degree in Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from the Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos. He is an alumni of Lagos Business School and a Fellow of the University of Pennsylvania (Wharton Seminar for Business Journalists). Over the years, he has won a number of journalism awards. Godwin is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.

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