APC In Post-Primaries Crisis

Nigeria News takes a look at the post-primaries crisis in APC and why the party must resolve it quickly.

Hundreds of All Progressives Congress aspirants for the governorship and legislative positions across the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory Abuja have numerous complaints about the conduct of primaries by the party.

In some States, two candidates had emerged for a single post through parallel primaries. Officials of some state chapters of the party disagreed with the National Working Committee (NWC) panels that monitored the primaries.

In Lagos, it took the intervention of the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole to declare the results of the primaries between the winner, Mr Jide Sanwo-Olu and the state Governor Mr Akinwunmi Ambode.

The NWC panel chairman that oversaw the Lagos primaries, Mr Clement Ebri had declared that no election took place on Tuesday as he called on the party members to gear up for another primary on Wednesday but Oshiomhole overruled the NWC.

The situation was not different in Ogun, Ondo, Gombe, Katsina and Adamawa where aspirants protested the conduct of the exercise. In Ogun, two results were declared by the state officials and the NWC panel. It took the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari to pacify the Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun to agree with the NWC results.

As a matter of fact, nine state governors were summoned to the presidential villa to have a peace meeting with Buhari over the primaries they all described as the charade.

Though over 7, 000 delegates gathered at the Eagles Square on Saturday to ratify the candidacy of President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2019 presidential election, many of them were not happy with the manner at which primaries were conducted at the state level.

This party will have to set the machinery in motion to ensure that it addresses the post-primaries crisis. Failure to do this may be dangerous as the strongest opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will capitalize on this loophole to nail APC.

Both parties had their national conventions on Saturday. In Port Harcourt, Rivers State, 12 aspirants contested the presidential primaries on the platform of the PDP. The resolve of these 12 was to give maximum support to whosoever emerged as the party flagbearer.

The atmosphere in Port Harcourt on Saturday showed a strong will by the party to work as a group and formidable force that could take over from the ruling party.

Earlier on Friday, some of the PDP aspirants and their supporters walked to the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission to protest against the results of Osun and Ekiti States gubernatorial elections, which APC won.

To them, the elections were allegedly rigged by INEC for APC. They sought a level playing ground in subsequent polls while they vowed to contest the results of the previous elections in court.

While PDP is angry, there are thousands of APC members that are presently aggrieved and want justice before the 2019 election. Their grievances must be resolved if APC must win in 2019.

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