The All Progressives Congress has approved the use of direct primaries at the national and indirect primaries at the state levels of party’s primaries.
This declaration was made on Thursday during the National Executive Council meeting of the party in Abuja.
The meeting had in attendance Vice President Yemi Osibanjo, Senate majority leader, Ahmed Lawan, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Governors on the platform of the ruling APC, chieftains of the party and new party members like Sen Godswill Akpabio were also at the meeting.
Today, before the NEC meeting, thirty four states of the federation, including Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital have adopted the option of indirect primaries for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming primaries to field candidates for next year’s general elections.
That development was on the heels of an emergency meeting held in Abuja on Wednesday by the caucus of the party.
Part of the reasons for adopting indirect primaries as reliably gathered, was because the party was yet to authenticate the actual number of its members, and that there was not enough time to do so with the primaries just few weeks away.
It was further gathered that the only two states that have maintained their stands on Direct Primaries were Lagos and Edo States.
According to sources within the party hierarchy, states that still want to opt for direct primaries can write to the national headquarters of the party for deliberations and subsequent consideration, depending on whether they have the capacity to do so but the final decision of the NEC is that indirect and direct primaries have been adopted for state and national levels of the party’s primaries respectively.