The All Progressive Congress on Wednesday shifted its Governorship Primary Election in Osun to Friday.
The party in a statement made available to the Nigeria Politics Online by its spokesman, Bolaji Abdulahi, explained that while Primaries to elect the Party’s candidate for the forthcoming Osun State Governorship election has been postponed from Thursday 19th July, 2018 to Friday 20th July, a meeting between the Primary Election Committee chaired by H.E. Abdul’aziz Abubakar Yari, Governor of Zamafara State and stakeholders will hold at the Osun State capital, Oshogbo on Thursday.
There have been tension over the modalities for the emergence of the party’s candidate for the September poll. While the party’s national headquarters has ordered for the use of a direct primaries, some aspirants have kicked against the method.
National leaders of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, said on Tuesday that the direct primaries option would ensure participation of all members.
He said, “When the history of this moment is written, those looking back on this decision will say that it was an inevitable natural consequence of party evolution,” he said.
Tinubu was reacting to the decision by the party’s NWC to pick the governorship candidate of the party through direct primaries.
The APC Constitution provides for both direct and indirect primaries, but the direct option is more democratic and it is more participatory.
In a statement on Tuesday by his Media Office signed by Tunde Rahman, Asiwaju Tinubu also commended the party’s National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, for leading the party toward greater democracy, which means increased participation of all party members in key decisions that affect them.
The statement entitled “Internal Democracy: Improving the Nomination Process” reads:
“From its inception, our party has held to principles of internal democracy and, by the open and fair conduct of our conventions, we have distinguished ourselves from all other political parties. While we have achieved more than others with regard to internal democracy, there is still more to be done in order to perfect our internal procedures and mechanisms.
“This consideration was a key factor in the election of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as party chairman. Core to that mandate is the improvement of democracy within the party so that we may become even better representatives of the people.
“The decision of the National Working Committee approving a direct primary to elect the party’s candidate for Osun election is a ground-breaking step toward achieving this fine objective. By this decision, the party affirms its democratic inclinations. When the history of this moment is written, those looking back on this decision will say that it was an inevitable natural consequence of party evolution.
“However, I know differently. This decision took courage and conviction because it bucked the old ways in order to bring about something better and new. Comrade Oshiomhole deserves commendation for leading the party toward greater democracy, which means increased participation of all party members in key decisions that affect them.
“The involvement of all APC members in candidate nomination will ensure that the party chooses the candidate of the people. It will also serve to galvanize the party membership for the general election that lies ahead. Moreover, direct primaries will serve as a future deterrent to those who might have tried to corrupt the delegate system of obtaining nominations. With that system, the temptation to ‘buy’ delegates was an ever-present weakness. Now, such a venal undertaking will prove much too costly and uncertain to be entertained as feasible strategy.
“I am sure party members in Osun welcome this decision for it shines the rays of democracy more fully upon them. May this decision not be peculiar to Osun but stand as the new way of our party. The nation and the APC will both be better for it”.