Kogi guber: Over 30 aspirants okay indirect primaries
By Idowu Isamotu, Abuja
No fewer than 37 governorship aspirants on the platform of All Progressives Congress on Thursday okayed the decision of the National Working Committee(NWC) of the party to approve indirect primary to select its candidate for the November 16 governorship election in the state.
The group under the auspices of Coalition of Kogi APC Aspirants, who stormed the National Secretariat of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja, said they were confident of beating Governor Yahaya Bello at the primary because they believe that they have control of the delegates.
Spokesperson of the forum, Comrade Edime Godwin Amade, said the group of 20 aspirants kicking against the indirect mode of primary were working for the downfall of the party in the state, adding that the NWC should not allow the group to pull the wool over their eyes.
“Even the NWC itself cannot claim to have run into them at any of the many programs held by APC Kogi since 2015. Yet they were hosted in the hallowed Chambers of our National Secretariat and granted the audience.
“We are shocked because some of the individuals who came here as aspirants seeking the party’s ticket were openly working for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party up to the last round of elections just three months ago.
“It is also clear to anybody who is on the ground in Kogi State that the real aim of their so-called aspirations is to destabilise the party from within as we go into the 2019 Kogi State Governorship Election,” he said.
He claimed that the fact that the state governor has built the party in the state to an enviable height is not an indication that he would win the primary and pick the party ticket.
He said further that any idea that they will step down for Governor Bello should be discountenanced as they are already putting their resources together to collect the nomination form.
According to him, the protesters had been destabilising the party with court cases, media attacks, ethnic sentiments, religious bias, and even violence, saying the NWC members must not allow themselves to be deceived by their allegations.
The coalition said, “It must be stressed that historically, the APC in Kogi State had always adopted indirect primaries and it has always worked for her. In 2015, indirect primaries produced the Late Prince Abubakar Audu ( may his soul rest in peace).
“In 2019, indirect primaries gave us two out of three Senators, seven out of nine House of Representatives members and 25 out of 25 State House of Assembly. Why do they want to change a winning formula so late in the game, if they do not have sinister intentions?
“The closest thing to direct primaries we ever tried in Kogi APC was the recall exercise for the Senator for Kogi West, who decamped to the opposition after being elected on our ticket.
“That recall exercise failed. Should we not, therefore, suspect the motive of persons who want to force the volatile direct primaries on us?
“As young and loyal aspirants we stand unshakably for the indirect primaries earlier approved for us by our party.
“Neither NEC nor even the NWC has issued a contrary directive to any state branch after the adoption and approval of modes of primaries.
“Guided by the foregoing many of us here have gone to great costs in engaging delegates and it is absolutely unacceptable for anyone to move the goalpost now.
“Let it be known that we will go to every legal extent to resist any attempt to single Kogi APC out for the imposition of the expensive and unworkable direct primaries.”